Posted: Oct 2, 2012 3:18 PM by MTN News
HAMILTON - A 2,500-acre wildfire that was originally sparked by lightning in Idaho has now moved into the Bitterroot National Forest.
The Moe Fire is 15 miles west of Darby, and about 320 acres have burned in Montana.
The blaze has been burning for several weeks on the Nez Perce National Forest in Idaho after igniting in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness in very remote, rugged, and steep terrain.
The fire is about 10 miles west of Lake Como on the Darby Ranger District, according to Tod McKay with the Bitterroot National Forest.
No structures or property are being threatened at this time, but the Bitterroot National Forest is closing the Rock Creek Trail on the Darby Ranger District. Rock Creek trail #580 into the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness is currently closed just west of Lake Como.
McKay says the expected change in the weather will bring gusty winds, which could mean a boost in fire activity, and smoke may be visible Tuesday afternoon and evening west of Lake Como.