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By Andi Bourne

Lightning Storm Kicks Off Wildfire Season


Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder

The Elbow Lake Fire started from a lightning strike and burned 5.9 acres near Elbow Lake in Greenough. Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation along with local volunteer firefighters responded Saturday, May 7. They contained the fire that same evening.

GREENOUGH - The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) and local volunteer fire departments have responded to five lightning-caused wildfires in the Clearwater/Blackfoot area in the wake of a widespread lightning storm Thursday, May 5, All of the fires were less than an acre except for one near Elbow Lake that grew to 5.9 acres.

The five fires included: Ashby Creek, 0.1 acres; Garnet Range Road, 0.1 acres; Boot Tree Road, 0.1 acres; Elbow Lake, 5.9 acres and Snowmass, 0.5 acres.

"After discovery, fires were suppressed relatively quickly," wrote DNRC Fire Unit Superv...

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