Posted: Aug 29, 2012 4:30 AM by MTN News
Updated: Aug 29, 2012 7:14 AM
BOZEMAN - New wildfires sparked Tuesday afternoon across southern Montana, with new fires now burning west of Bozeman in the Gallatin Canyon and southeast of Butte.
A large smoke column can be seen south of Bozeman in the Gallatin Canyon.
The Gallatin National Forest says aircraft spotted a fire three to four miles east of Rat Lake in the Storm Castle area about 18 to 20 miles from Bozeman.
As of Tuesday night, the fire was estimated at 30 to 40 acres, and was burning in heavy timber in what the Forest Service describes as steep and rugged terrain.
There are four smoke jumpers on the scene along with a firefighting chopper, two fire engines and additional resources are on the way.
Gallatin National Forest spokesperson Marna Daley said there is one remote cabin in the vicinity of the fire and one firefighting engine is on the scene providing structure protection.
Daley says no evacuation orders have been issued yet for the fire since it is in such a remote area.
Also near the Butte-Silver Bow County line, a 200-plus acres fire is spreading into Jefferson County.
Structures in the area are threatened and evacuations are currently taking place, according to Leona Roderick, public information officer for the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest Service.
A Type Two incident team has been called in.
Helicopters, hand crews and other fire resources have been ordered from a variety of agencies, according to Roderick.