The Lolo Peak fire was putting up a column of smoke Monday afternoon that was visible from the Bitterroot Valley. The 20-acre fire is on the Lolo National Forest about a mile west of Lolo Peak and is not threatening any structures, according to Lolo forest officials.

The fire is just one of several fires caused by an intense lightning storm that passed over southwestern Montana Saturday evening.

That storm also started fires in Idaho, west of the Bitterroot Valley.

Lightning caused a few fires in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest reports seven fires in the Moose Creek Ranger District. The Moose Creek 1, 2 and 3 fires have merged and will be called the Moose Creek 1 fire, according to Jeannette Dreadfulwater of the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest. The fire is about a quarter mile southeast of the Moose Creek Ranger Station. Crews have been installing sprinklers and wrapping historic buildings at Moose Creek.

The Mink Peak Fire is a half-acre at Mink Peak, and the half-acre Lone Pine fire is in Marten Creek, about a mile and half south of the Three Links bridges. The Elbow Bend fire is about 2 miles northeast of Elbow Bend.

In the Red River Ranger District the Bleak Fire is about 15 acres in size near the Magruder Road, 3.5 miles southwest of Dry Saddle.

In the Lochsa/Powell Ranger District, the Cherokee and the Brushy Fires are about 4 miles south of Lolo Pass. There are at least nine other small fires in that district.

The Nez Perce-Clearwater is in Very High fire danger, by the way.