Six helitack crew members are working on the Twin Lakes fire in the Rattlesnake Wilderness north of Missoula. It's covering two and a half acres. The fire continues to spot and firefighters are working to contain and control those spot fires. The Twin Lakes Fire is in remote, steep terrain near the boundary of the Rattlesnake Wilderness and Rattlesnake Recreation area.
The Hayes Creek Fire is burning approximately three miles west of the main Blue Mountain trailhead and was reported to the Missoula Interagency Dispatch Center earlier today. A helicopter was dispatched and began dropping water early this afternoon and that effort was successful in keeping the fire from spreading significantly. The helicopter was released from the fire and four engines from the USFS and DNRC are currently suppressing the fire, which is currently less than one acre. Lightning sparked the Hayes Creek Fire. It is in heavy timber on moderate slopes, but with good road access.
The Wet Cottonwood Fire is burning 40 acres just north of Garrison Junction east of Missoula. It is burning in dense, beetle-killed timber. Managers say it is not contained or controlled.