Firefighters Attack 50-acre Blaze Near Foys Lake

Wildfire burning close to Lone Pine State Park

By Justin Franz
A wildfire burns near Lone Pine State Park west of Kalispell on Oct. 9, 2018. Justin Franz | Flathead Beacon.

Updated: Tuesday, Oct. 9, 7:40 p.m.

Firefighters are trying to douse a 40 to 50 acre wildfire near Foys Lake west of Kalispell.

Multiple agencies, including the Smith Valley Fire Department, the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation and the U.S. Forest Service, were responding to the blaze on Tuesday afternoon that could be seen from Foys Lake Road and was burning close to the entrance of Lone Pine State Park. The fire was burning near multiple homes.

Ali Ulwelling, a spokesperson for the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, said that firefighters responded to an out-of-control debris burn in the same area on Sunday and that it had reignited late Tuesday afternoon.

“It is burn season, but people need to keep a close eye on the winds and make sure they’re being safe,” she said.

This story will be updated when additional information becomes available.

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