At least three new fires have been reported in central Montana following storms on Saturday afternoon.
Cascade Volunteer Fire Chief Eric Tilleman confirmed that a fire has started in the Big Belt Mountains. The fire could possibly be in the Beartooth Game Range.
He added that forest officials will investigate on Sunday to try and find where exactly the fire is burning.
A Bureau of Land Management ranger said a fire in the north valley hills by Helena is burning in timber on private land.
The fire is about a mile from the nearest residence.
There is no estimate on the fire’s size at this time. Several engines and water tenders and a helicopter are working on the fire.
The Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest reported another fire that could be as large as five acres southeast of Lincoln. There are also other smoke reports in the Lincoln area.
Forest officials stated that firefighters are hiking into the fire and the area is receiving wetting rain.
There are no structures threatened or evacuations ordered.
We will update you when we get more information.