Mid-day Sunday at Big Sky a fire started under Swift Current chair at the first short face going up the mountain. This is the chair used in the summer for mountain bikers and hikers. Two fire trucks and a water truck put out the fire before it did much damage. Monday the fire fighters manually checked the area for hotspots. My guess is it burned an area about 150' long under the chair and a few dozen trees to the left of the chair as you face uphill.
People can be so dumb. The Forrest Service fire fighters said it was almost certainly started by a smoker riding on the chair lift. They also said it was lucky that it started so close to a ski run. The run acted as a natural fire break and prevented the fire from spreading quickly into the nearby woods. No real damage done this time but I'm sure it cost thousands of dollars to put out the fire. Glad the sequester did not cause these firefighters to be layed off. We were lucky.