Posted: Jul 21, 2013 5:22 PM by MTN News
Updated: Jul 21, 2013 5:25 PM
LIVINGSTON- Law enforcement believes lightning from a thunderstorm rolling through Paradise Valley on Wednesday likely ignited a small fire on Emigrant Mountain that has now grown into a wildfire.
According to the Gallatin County Sheriff's Office, a fire was reported at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday on Emigrant Mountain in the Paradise Valley south of Livingston.
A helicopter from Yellowstone National Park and four firefighters are currently fighting the blaze. A reporter for MTN reports the fire has jumped to more than 100 acres.
Additionally, 16 smoke jumpers have been ordered to report to the fire.
The wildfire is burning in timber with mixed live and beetle killed trees.
The Gallatin County Sheriff's Office says there are no closures currently in effect due to the fire.
The weather in the area is forecasted for continued warm and dry conditions for the next few days.
We have a reporter on scene and will bring you more information tonight at 10 p.m.