An apparent lightning strike caused a forest fire southwest of Hamilton, uphill from the Lost Horse Observation Point on the Bitterroot National Forest.

According to Marilyn Wildey of the Bitterroot Forest, the fire was reported about noon Friday, June 24, and is initially estimated to be an acre in size. She said in a news release that two engines and an eight-person crew were dispatched. If weather permits, a helicopter will also be sent to the scene.

Smoke from the fire has been spread by high winds (see photo) and can be seen from the valley. It is burning in steep areas, making firefighting difficult.

A couple of reminders - fireworks are not allowed in the national forests and don't leave campfires unattended. Fire danger in the area is listed as "Moderate."