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Warm weather generating new fire activity in Western MT

Bear Creek Fire- USFS photo(MISSOULA)- The dry, warm weather of the past few days is generating some additional activity on fires still burning from August's lightning storms.

While most of last month's fires are out, a few are still showing fire activity as the drought continues.

In the Missoula Valley Tuesday afternoon, new smoke could be seen coming from the West Fish Creek Fire, burning west of Alberton south of the Clark Fork Valley. Lolo National Forest spokesman Boyd Hartwig says the warm conditions was causing some additional burning around the perimeter of the blaze, which has burned nearly 12,000 acres. But Hartwig says there are no evacuations or additional hazards. 

Other fires, including the Little Joe near St. Regis, the Selway Complex, Motorway Complex and Lochsa South Complex fires burning in Idaho are also still active and kicking up some smoke over the region. 

Several large fires in Northwest Montana, such as the Thompson-Divide Complex on the south side of Glacier National Park, and the Bear Creek Fire in the Bob Marshall Wilderness are also still burning and being monitored. 


Fire in Swan Range now largest in the state

Map from A group of fires burning in the Swan Range since being ignited by a passing lightning storm earlier this month grew in dry and windy conditions Friday to become the largest fires in the state. 

The Bear Creek Fires are burning in the mountains just northwest of Condon in the Spotted Bear Ranger District of the Flathead National Forest. 

The largest of the blazes, the Bear Creek Fire now tops 18,000 acres, burning with moderate fire behavior even in the cooler weather Saturday, spreading to the east toward Meadow Mountain. 

Another combined fire, being called the Trail Creek Fire, now measures 9,000 acres near the Spotted Bear River Road. Trails, roads and a backcountry air strip have all been closed, with firefighters wrapping some backcountry structures to protect them from the flames.