The Burdette and Sunrise fires have been pouring out smoke that's visible wet of Missoula.
The Sunrise fire, which is burning about one mile east of Sunrise Mountain and 10 miles south of Superior, has torched about 20 acres. There are 20 firefighters battling the blaze as well as a heavy air tanker and three helicopters.
The Burdette fire has burned around 30 acres nine miles southeast of Tarkio. Fire managers have conducted reconnaissance of the fire to assess fire behavior, size, and access points. Retardant drops have been used to check fire growth.
No structures or property are currently threatened by these fires which are both are expected to continue to produce visible smoke during afternoon periods.
KPAX-TV 8 Missoula
An emergency order has been issued for some Forest Service Roads in the Lincoln District near the Park Creek Fire.
Fire crews continued to battle the fire a few miles north of Lincoln on Tuesday.
The fire started on Friday by lightning and is still zero percent contained. It has burned a total of 1,600 acres, according to fire officials. The Fire grew more than 1,000 acres on Sunday night.
A Type 2 Incident Management Team was brought in to combat the fire in the Lincoln Ranger District. DNRC and Lincoln Rural Fire personnel will continue to assist on the fire.
Besides the Type 2 IMT, three 20 person crews, four fire engines, miscellaneous heavy equipment, and two helicopters. Total personnel working on the incident is 138. Support from aircraft and local fire engines is available, as needed.
KBZK-TV Bozeman 7
Lightning sparked several fires over the weekend, but fire officials say people can cause more than their fair share of wildfires.
The Forest Service says up to half of all wildfires are human caused in Montana, and if the public can eliminate human-caused fires it could save money, resources and lives.
Fire officials with the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation say campfires are one of the biggest culprits of human-caused wildfires.
"Please, we’re asking you as fire officials, it really helps us out when we're trying to take care of (all) these lightning ignitions," said DNRC spokesman Jordan Koppen.
A combine is the suspected cause of a large fire that burned 1,200 acres of cropland and pasture Tuesday in Chouteau County.
James Dahlen, assistant chief of the Chester Fire Department, the first to arrive, said the fire occurred on multiple properties between Chester and Fort Benton.
"There was some loss of crop and pasture and a little loss of fence," he said.
The fire started in a harvest field during cutting.
"We're assuming it was a combine fire," Dahlen said.
Firefighters from Fort Benton, Conrad and Knees also responded.
Great Falls Tribune
Before humping it up forested mountains and swinging a Pulaski, before their baptism by fire, just about every wildland firefighter embarks from a simple beginning like the spark of a flame.
It also starts with a pair of hardy, hard-bottom leather boots.
At 69, Rick Trembath has owned 12 pairs of White’s in his lifetime, and like an old friend, he can remember when and where he was introduced to his first pair. It was 50 years ago, the summer of 1967. Trembath arrived in the Flathead Valley as a 19-year-old wide-eyed forestry student from Minnesota, hired as a seasonal firefighter for the Flathead National Forest hotshot crew.