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UPDATE: Wildfires sparked after Thursday storm in Ravalli County

Fires reported to be 1/10 acre
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Posted at 7:17 AM, Jul 08, 2022
and last updated 2022-07-08 17:05:01-04


After the extreme weather Thursday night, the Bitterroot National Forest has been monitoring and extinguishing a handful of fires that popped up due to lightning strikes.

After receiving multiple phone calls about reported smoke in the area, firefighters located three fires after Thursday night's storm.

Bitterroot National Forest officials report the fires are small, about 1/10 acre.

One is located on the south side of Lost Horse near Koch Mountain and is staffed with two firefighters - there is no threat to structures or closures at this time.

A second fire was found Friday morning in the West Fork Ranger District near Indian Ridge in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness.

Crews were also able to suppress a small fire yesterday below the Hells Half Lookout.

Firefighters have responded to 12 fires due to lightning strikes and 5 human causes fires this year.

Fire danger is "Moderate" right now.

Additional reporting from Hannah Hislop

Several wildfires were sparked in Ravalli county following Thursday's severe thunderstorm.

The U.S. Forest Service advised the Ravalli County Sheriff's Office there are two fires up Lost Horse Canyon, one near Lake Como in the Rock Creek area and a possible fire up Bass Creek.

Fire crews have been dispatched to all locations.

It's unknown the size of these fires.

Stay with KPAX for updates on this developing story.