Motorists can see a lot of smoke near Superior, west of Missoula on Interstate 90.
Boyd Hartwig of the Lolo National Forest tells NBC Montana that Smokejumpers and fire crews are facing a growing fire near Superior, and that it started near buildings, so the Forest Service does not believe a lightning strike caused it. Hartwig says no structures are threatened at this time. The cause is under investigation.
The following information is being released from the Lolo National Forest:
Firefighters are responding to a 150 acre fire two miles northwest of the town of Superior, MT. The fire is burning on the north side of Interstate-90 in grass and timber and is visible to motorists. Two Type II crews are on scene as well as one Single Engine Tanker (SEAT), which is dropping retardant. Two Type II helicopters and two additional SEATs are en-route. Eight smokejumpers are also en-route via vehicle. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.
Containment: 0 percent
Resources: Two Crews on scene, two helicopters en-route, two SEATs en-route, eight smokejumpers en-route. One Single Engine Air Tanker (SEAT) on scene making retardant drops
Closures: No closures in place at this time
Terrain: Grass and timber, steep hillsides
Special Concerns: Traffic on Interstate-90 may be impacted. Law enforcement is assisting with traffic control