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Crews battling lightning-sparked wildfires near Rock Creek

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The Little Hogback fire is burning near Rock Creek. (Lolo National Forest photo) The Little Hogback fire is burning near Rock Creek. (Lolo National Forest photo)
MISSOULA -

Crews are now battling a pair of wildfires southeast of Missoula.

Slide Rock Fire

The Slide Rock fire was spotted Thursday when strong winds pushed the blaze to 15 acres with additional spotting that encompasses a 100 acre area -- including in dead and downed timber, according to Lolo National Forest spokesman Boyd Hartwig.

The fire is burning in remote terrain about one mile northwest of Slide Rock Mountain and about five miles east of Rock Creek Road on the Missoula Ranger District.

A Hotshot Crew, one Type II initial attack crew, an engine and multiple aircraft are working the fire. No structures are currently threatened by the fire and there are no road closures.

Little Hogback Fire

The Little Hogback fire was also discovered late Thursday, also in the Rock Creek area and is located about three miles southeast of Bitterroot Flat Campground.

The fire is approximately two-to-three acres and located in remote terrain with no road access. No structures are threatened by this fire.

Both of the blazes are believed to have been sparked by lightning.

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