Posted: Jul 19, 2012 5:01 PM by Breanna Roy - KPAX News
Updated: Jul 19, 2012 10:11 PM
MISSOULA- Smoke jumpers are battling a new lightning-sparked blaze, dubbed the Twin Lakes fire, in the wilderness about 10 miles north of Missoula.
Lolo National Forest public affairs officer Boyd Hartwig says as of Thursday evening it had burned just three-quarters of an acre between the Rattlesnake Recreation Area and the wilderness.
Someone flying overhead noticed the smoke just before 2 p.m. Thursday, reported it, and within a few hours eight smoke jumpers were on the ground to fight the fire.
The blaze is not accessible by road, so a helicopter was also called in to drop water. Hartwig says it's burning in steep terrain, and a challenging spot to fight.
We'll keep you updated as more information becomes available.