Posted: Aug 10, 2012 10:47 AM by John Sherer
Updated: Aug 10, 2012 10:57 AM
The Gallatin National Forest reports there is one active fire following numerous lightning strikes during thunderstorms Thursday night.
The fire is burning in subalpine fir on steep, rugged slopes 300 yards from the top of the lift at the Bridger Bowl ski area. The fire is currently 2-3 acres and is being worked by 10 firefighters. The Forest Service says strong erratic winds are hampering firefighting efforts by limiting the ability to use aircraft.
The Gallatin National Forest says that it has crews checking for other fire activity following the evening of thunderstorm activity, but so far has found no other fires. A fire detection overflight is scheduled for Friday afternoon.
The Gallatin National Forest remains in Stage I Fire Restrictions with the exception of the Absaroka-Beartooth and Lee Metcalf Wilderness Areas. Fire conditions are still very high as the hot, dry and windy weather conditions persist.