Fire season is rapidly approaching. The Department of Natural Resources and Conservation is encouraging Missoula residents to use a three step plan to get ready. Public Relations Specialist Jordan Koppen says hes noticed many homes are not prepared.
Wildfire season has begun in Western Montana, with the West Mullan fire threatening Superior and the Gold Creek fire burning just east of Missoula. The Gold Creek fire was lightning-caused, however, the investigation continues as to how the West Mullan fire started.
The Western Montana sky exploded with lightning strikes and brief, heavy rains starting at about 6:00 a.m. Monday, as a summer storm swept through the Bitterroot, Missoula, and the Blackfoot areas. The lightning sparked at least two small fires.
Wednesday evening's lightning storm sparked several wildfires throughout western Montana. Fire Information Officer for the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation Paula Short said Thursday morning that fires were burning from the Florence area all the way to Beavertail Hill.