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Fires continue burning 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 -

Fire crews are continuing to battle a pair of lightning sparked wildfires that are burning southeast of Missoula near Rock Creek.

The Slide Rock Fire has burned around 40 acres, according to Lolo National Forest spokesman Boyd Hartwig. An air attack on Friday managed to check fire growth despite gust winds on Friday.

Hartwig says the fire area has heavy spotting and is in remote and inaccessible terrain with heavy timber. There are no nearby communities in the fire area. The fire is located about one mile northwest of Slide Rock Mountain and about five miles east of Rock Creek Road.

A Hot Shot crew, a Type II crew, an engine, a dozer and several aircraft are assigned to blaze. There are trail and road closures in place.

The Little Hogback Fire this fire was discovered on July 13 in the Rock Creek area and is located about three miles southeast of Bitterroot Flat Campground

The blaze has burned approximately five acres and located in remote terrain with heavy timber and no road access. Fire managers plan to use aircraft again on Saturday to slow the fire's growth. No structures are threatened by this fire.

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