Smoke is highly visible in the Lake Koocanusa area due to a 178 hectare blaze burning in northern Montana.
The lightning caused fire is approximately 18 kilometres southwest of Newgate or 65 kilometres below Cranbrook.
It will involve putting contingency lines and fire guardsin place that would prevent the fire from growing northwards.
Shaughnessy says the US Forest Service is fighting the blaze with air support and personnel.
Currently there 46 active wildfires are burning throughout the Southeast Centre.
The five year average for this time of year in the district is 306 fires and 7,197 hectares.
– Southeast Fire Centre Information Officer Karlie Shaughnessy
(Photo courtesy of RDEK)