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Aug 28, 2012 7:32 PM by John Sherer

Wildland fire discovered in Storm Castle area

A large smoke column can be seen south of Bozeman in the Gallatin Canyon.

The Gallatin National Forest says aircraft spotted a fire three to four miles east of Rat Lake in the Storm Castle area about 18 to 20 miles from Bozeman.

Currently the fire is estimated at 30 to 40 acres and is burning in heavy timber in what the Forest Service describes as steep and rugged terrain.

Currently there are four smoke jumpers on the scene along with a firefighting chopper, two fire engines and additional resources are on the way.

The fire can been seen from the Gallatin Canyon; drivers in the area are being urged to not stop and look at the fire and create a traffic hazard.

Firefighting officials tell us the four hot-shots who jumped into the area by plane and are monitoring the fire.

Gallatin National Forest spokesperson Marna Daley tells us there is one remote cabin in the vicinity of the fire and one firefighting engine is on the scene and providing structure protection.

Daley says no evacuation orders have been issued yet for the fire since it is in such a remote area.

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