Crews tackle small grass fire west of Missoula Friday afternoon

Firefighters responded to a small grass fire west of Missoula Friday afternoon. 

According to interagency dispatch logs, crews were dispatched at 2:06 p.m. to a fire south of Roller Coaster, about 1.2 miles northwest of the west end of the runway at Missoula International Airport and 7.5 miles northwest of downtown Missoula. 

A small grass fire burns west of Missoula just south of Roller Coaster Road on March 22, 2024. 


The Frenchtown Rural Fire District posted on Facebook that the department was assisting Missoula Rural Fire Department in responding to the “couple acre” fire. 

At the scene around 2:30 p.m., a small cloud of white smoke rose slowly from blackened grass as firefighters mopped up the edges of the slowly moving fire. Commercial and private aircraft departed normally from the airport and vehicle traffic proceeded normally on Roller Coaster Road and Deschamps Lane, the latter of which is 3,700 feet west of the fire.  

Joshua Murdock covers the outdoors and natural resources for the Missoulian.

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