Crews are battling a wildfire that was spotted Thursday afternoon east of Missoula.
The Slide Rock Fire is burning approximately 10-to-15 acres about 27 miles southeast of Missoula, nine miles south of Beavertail Pond and one mile northwest of Slide Rock Mountain on the Missoula Ranger District.
The Lolo National Forest reports the blaze was most likely sparked by lightning and both ground and air resources are assigned to the fire and aircraft are currently suppressing the fire with both water and retardant. No structures are currently threatened by the blaze.
Fifteen firefighters, four helicopters, two Single Engine Air Tankers (SEATS) and two heavy air tankers. However, fire officials report that strong winds and active fire behavior are preventing active engagement on the ground.