Published Wednesday, August 3, 2022, 1830 hours PT

Credit: S. Rouse, PIO, NR Team 7

====== INCIDENT SUMMARY ======

The ELMO 2 FIRE is also known as the ELMO FIRE (NIFC/USFS) which is located eight miles west of Elmo, Montana. This is located on the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and the lead agency is Flathead Agency.

The fire started on July 29, 2022, off of Highway 28 around mile marker 39, west of Elmo Montant, where it started in grass and then spread to timber, north of Highway 28.

Evacuations are in effect.

Lake Mary Ronan Road is closed


The Lake County Sheriff’s Office has requested residents who have not heeded to the Evacuation Order for County Road 352 (Lake Mary Ronan Road) and along the perimeter of Lake Mary Ronan to do so.

All residents reside north and south of County Rd 352 (Lake Mary Ronan Road) and all residents who live along Lake Mary Ronan.  All prior evacuation orders are still in effect.

Pre-evacuation warnings are still in effect for residences east and south of Hwy 93 between intersections with Hwy 28 and Lake Mary Ronan Road.

SHELTERS. For information on Red Cross Evacuation Centers at Polson High School and Somers Middle School please call 1-800-272-6668, then select Option 1 for the Duty Officer. 

====== SIZE UP ======

About 16,427 acres of grass and timber have been burned.

There is a 16% containment status.

The fire behavior is active with short crown runs, backing, and flanking. The fire has been very active on the north end, just south of Lake Mary Ronan, with a high potential for the fire to reach the lake by this evening.

====== RESOURCES ======

There are a total of 375 personnel, eight crews, 20 engines, and three helicopters.


There have been three structures lost.

The total cost-to-date is $3.7 Million Dollars

Homes and energy infrastructure are threatened.

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