By Andi Bourne

Lightning causes several small wildfires in area


August 18, 2022

Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder

A Type II helicopter providing bucket drops on the Elbow Lake fire Friday, Aug. 12.

SEELEY LAKE - Approximately 200 lightning strikes over the Missoula area Thursday night, Aug. 11 and Friday, Aug. 12 left their mark. Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation firefighters are currently battling several wildfires near Seeley Lake as a result.

Missoula County is in EXTREME Fire Danger which means fires of all types start quickly and burn intensely. All fires are potentially serious. Firefighters are anticipating more lightning-caused fires to appear throughout the next several days as a result of the recent storms. Patrols and detection flights will be active...

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