Lightning sparks fires at the Flathead Indian Reservation

Fire officials report that several new wildfires were started by lightning Wednesday in the Mission Valley.

The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Fire Division reports five new fire starts.

The CSKT Fire Division first tackled the fires with the rural fire departments.

Most of the lightning activity occurred in the southwest portion of the Flathead Reservation.

Firefighters made good progress on the new fires and brought four of the five under control, according to a social media post.

  • The Little Biteroot Fire: A Type 4 incident located 16 miles west of Ronan. Fire caused by lightning is burning in light wood and grass and is on patrol.
  • The Finley Gulch Fire: A Type 5 incident and is located west of Lonepine. The fire is on patrol.
  • The Route 8100 fire is a Type 5 incident located in North Valley Creek. The fire is on patrol.
  • The King’s Fire is a Type 4 incident located 4 miles southwest of Dixon. The fire is on patrol.
  • The Little Money 2 fire is a Type 4 incident located 2 miles west of Perma. The fire burns in steep, rocky terrain. Painted Rocks and Clear Creek roads are closed.
  • The Little Money2 Fire is the only active fire that burns. The fire covers over 100 acres with 0% containment.

Nohemi M. Moore