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Crews contain small wildfire between Missoula and Lolo

Deadman Gulch Fire
Deadman Gulch Fire
Deadman Gulch Fire Map
Posted at 8:22 AM, Jul 14, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-14 10:22:01-04

LOLO — Crews have contained a wildfire that sparked on Tuesday afternoon between Missoula and Lolo.

Missoula Rural Fire District (MRFD) Assistant Chief Brent Christopherson says the fire -- which may have been started by lightning -- was reported at around 4 p.m. in the 6900 block of Deadman Gulch Road.

Deadman Gulch Fire Map

Numerous callers reported the fire to the Missoula 911 Center saying it was started by a lightning strike with a storm cell that moved through the area. The fire could be seen from US Highway 93.

Initial reports estimated the wildfire at 1/10 to a quarter acre, burning in grass and timber with light to moderate fire growth.

Deadman Gulch Fire

Christopherson says the Missoula County Sheriff’s Office issued evacuation warnings for six-to-10 homes on Alta View that were threatened initially, as a precaution.

Firefighters have a fireline around the fire and are continuing fire attack and reinforcement of the fireline. The fire was considered to be contained as of 5:45 mp.m., according to Christopherson.

Deadman Gulch Fire

MRFD firefighters are being assisted by the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, the US Forest Service, and the Missoula County Sheriff’s Office.