HAMILTON – Crews battled two new small wildland fires burning in the Bitterroot over the weekend.
They both were caused by recent lightning and are burning in remote areas threatening no structures.
The Little Rock Creek Fire is burning 1/10th of an acre. Four firefighters rappelled from a helicopter to fight this blaze which is burning in the Little Rock Creek drainage southwest of Lake Como.
The Bitterroot National Forest reports the small blaze is contained with crews still mopping up.
The Canyon Fire is estimated at 3/10th of an acre and is located west of Hamilton at the top of Blodgett Canyon.
There are currently eight firefighters on scene who were flown in by helicopter and are working to suppress the fire which is 0% contained.
Forest spokesman Tod McKay reports firefighters have responded to 30 lightning wildfires and 10 human-caused fires this summer on the Bitterroot National Forest.