Bitterroot National Forest Holds Fire to 15 Acres
A small forest fire was reported Thursday, August 8, in the south end of the valley and burned 15 acres. The Bitterroot National Forst reported the Lawrence Gulch Fire started by lightning in a grassy area in the Sapphire Mountains about a mile northeast of the Rocky Knob on the Darby/Sula Ranger District. The fire was five acres in size when crews arrived. As of Thursday evening, the fire had been held to 15 acres. Forest Service and Trapper Creek Job Corps crews were at the scene, along with air support from single engine tankers, a heavy air tanker retardant drop and helicopter water bucket drops.
No structures were threatened. However, there was some congestion on US 93 below the fire, when motorists stopped to take photos and watch the helicopter water drops. The Ravalli County Sheriff's Office asked the general public to not stop in the area, letting fire equipment have access to the fire.