Lightning caused fires are keeping Forest Service crews busy in Montana and Idaho. The accompanying photo is of the Salt Fire in the Salmon District.
However, the largest fire in the area, the Saddle Complex is about 24,000 acres and is still south of Hughes Creek in the West Fork of the Bitterroot National Forest.
Crews completed a fire line in strategic areas on the north side of the fire and have been working on fire lines on the southeast side. About 50 homes remain under evacuation alert and sprinklers and other protection activities are being done in the area.
To the west of the valley, Idaho has quite a few small lightning caused fires. In fact the North fork Ranger District on the Clearwater National Forest picked up 24 separate fires.
The Granite Pass Fire has been pumping smoke into the Missoula area. It is now about 400 acres and is 10 percent contained. The fire is north of Lolo Pass.
Moose Creek Ranger District has a new fire - the Rock Island Fire is below Coolwater Lookout.
A Red Flag warning is out because of a cold front moving toward into the Northwest. For more information on the fires, check