Montana Highway Patrol was set up on Cochise Drive following a small fire startup in the Hayes Creek area on Tuesday afternoon. Residents in the area reported seeing lightning followed by a loud crash of thunder around 4 p.m.
Officers with the Montana Highway Patrol and Missoula County Sheriff direct drivers away from a small fire startup near the Blue Mountain area.
A short-lived fire sent a column of smoke into the already dusky air southwest of Missoula on Tuesday afternoon.
The fire was burning on Blue Mountain near Deadman Gulch Road southwest of the intersection of Blue Mountain Road and Highway 93.
Area resident Danny Tipps said he saw a lightning flash followed by a loud clap of thunder around 4 p.m.
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