Lightning caused two fires in the Gravelly Mountains southwest of Ennis, which were discovered late afternoon on Thursday, June 30, according to Leona Rodreick, public information officer for the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest.
“The fires are burning within one mile of each other and in stands of standing dead and down timber,” Rodreick’s release states. “Firefighters have good access to the fire.”
The fires, named Pole and Fine by the BDNF, are a total of 8 acres combined, located approximately 15 miles southwest of Ennis.
As of July 1, one engine and three firefighters were on scene, with 12 smoke jumpers, three engines, two hand crews and two helicopters ordered, according to the release.
“The weather forecast for the next couple of days continues to call for warming temperatures along with some moisture,” according to the release. “Safety of the public and firefighters is always a primary concern.”
Since the road system in the Gravelly Mountain Range opens on July 1, Rodreick said concern exists for the higher volume of traffic near the fire area.
The release continues to say there is potential for partial closures of the 290 Road – also known as the Gravelly Range Road – from Crockett Lake to Warm Springs Junctions, based on fire activity.
*Editor’s note: This article will be updated as we continue to receive more information from the Forest Service.