The Missoula County Commissioners have signed an emergency proclamation as a precaution to the high fire danger in the area.
DNRC reports the first started on Tuesday south of Lower Thompson Lake in the Tornilla Creek drainage.
Fire crews in Jefferson County and Lewis and Clark County continue to battle or mop up multiple wildfires sparked by afternoon thunderstorms Tuesday.
Some crews are being released as containment on the Moss Ranch fire southwest of Ronan has reached 80%.
Crews are continuing to deal with obstacles as they attack the Beeskove fire burning in the Rattlesnake National Recreation Area.
Firefighters responded to four new fires reported Tuesday. Some residents surrounding these fires were evacuated.
Sen. Jon Tester and other members of Congress are watching the USFS to see how it allocates funding and resources under a new spending package passed last year.
The Moss Ranch fire 14 miles southwest of Ronan is the largest wildfire burning in Western Montana.
The Red Cross advises that people need to take initiative to be ready in case an emergency evacuation is ordered.
The Beeskove fire burning in the Rattlesnake National Recreation Area north of Missoula has grown to 211 acres.
The fire danger has been raised to “very high” on the Flathead Reservation as our hot and dry weather continues.
Containment has grown to 60% on the 5,310 acre Moss Ranch fire which is 14 miles southwest of Ronan.
Three air attack planes, two lead planes and seven air tankers have been using the base to fight the North Hills Fire.
The two most active fires are the Beeskove Fire north of Missoula and the North Hills Fire northeast of Helena.
The lightning-sparked Beeskove Fire burning in the Rattlesnake National Recreation area now stands at 182 acres burned.