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Lightning sparks small Bitterroot National Forest fires

Posted: 11:24 AM, Jun 03, 2019
Updated: 2019-06-03 13:24:18-04

HAMILTON – Crews responded to the first lightning-caused wildfires of the year in the Bitterroot National Forest over the weekend.

Firefighters controlled two lightning starts located near Little Trapper Creek and Coyote Coulee Creek on the Darby District.

There have been seven wildfires so far this year on the Bitterroot National Forest — five that were human-caused and two that were lightning caused.

Forest officials are asking people to minimize the number of human-caused wildfires by making sure that campfires and drowned and that burning is not done when windy conditions exist.