KALISPELL, Mont. -- Firefighters are attacking an apparently lightning-caused fire in northwestern Montana as the state is coming off a record fire season.
The Zulu fire started Sunday in the Kootenai National Forest north of Libby and had expanded to 20 acres by Tuesday.
Forest spokesman Willie Sykes tells the Flathead Beacon about 80 firefighters and several aircraft were fighting the fire on Tuesday. No structures are threatened.
Sykes said fire managers wanted to keep the fire as small as possible.
Last year, 2,134 square miles of land burned in Montana.
Firefighters also responded to small fires near Frenchtown and Victor.
The U.S. Forest Service listed the fire danger as high in the Lolo and Kootenai national forests in western Montana.