The following is a press release from the Custer Gallatin National Forest:

The Custer Gallatin National Forests currently has two lightning caused fires from the thunderstorm cells earlier this week. 

The Sleeping Giant Fire saw little change today receiving heavy rain overnight and minimal smoke was seen from resources monitoring the fire today.  Sleeping Giant is located in the East Fork of Hyalite drainage near the 2013 Horsetail Fire and is estimated at 1/10 acre, located in steep, inaccessible terrain and skirted by a rockband.  The fire is visible from both Hyalite Dam and the East Fork of Hyalite Trailhead. 

Due to the location of the fire, firefighters are not directly staffing the fire on the ground, but the fire will be closely monitored throughout the weekend to determine any additional needs.

Three firefighters hiked into the Black Swan fire, burning on 1/10 of an acre near Swan Creek, to dig fireline and begin mop-up on the fire.  The fire was contained this afternoon and will be checked again tomorrow.

With the hot and dry temperatures throughout this past week, recreationists are reminded that we are coming into fire season throughout much of Montana and to be diligent with campfires.