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Crews battle wildfire on the Bitterroot National Forest

Posted at 1:58 PM, Aug 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-08 00:06:03-04

HAMILTON — An additional two lightning-caused wildfires sparked on the Bitterroot National Forest late Thursday, bringing the total eight new fires in 24 hours.

Bitterroot National Forest officials report that all of the fires were staffed and crews were able to contain these new fire starts at 1/2 acre or less.

The small fires are all expected to be called out in the next day or two.

There were 200+ confirmed lightning strikes yesterday across the Bitterroot National Forest associated with multiple storms that passed through.

Forest officials note that most of the activity occurred on the northeast end of the Bitterroot in the Sapphire Mountains.

Fire crews will be on the lookout for any holdover fires popping up this weekend and next week.

There have been 21 small wildfires to date on the Bitterroot National Forest; six human-caused and 15 lightning fires.