Lightning Strike Starts Fire Near Hamilton
This report is from 8:45 p.m. Wednesday.
A lightning strike caused a grass and forest fire south of Hamilton on the ridge between Sleeping Child and Skalkaho drainages Wednesday evening.
A fast-moving storm cell passed over the valley about 6 p.m. and caused numerous small fires around the Hamilton area. Those fires were quickly extinguished. Lightning started fires elsewhere in the valley that kept volunteer departments hopping.
However, the fire at the mouth of Sleeping Child started moving up the hillside. Hamilton, Darby and West Fork Volunteer Fire Departments responded first and were joined by trucks from almost all departments in the valley and Bitterroot National Forest crews, along with air support from helicopters with water buckets. No estimate of the size of the fire was immediately available.
At the same, power had been knocked out on the south side of Hamilton. No injuries have yet been reported.