SIT REP 1 | AUGUST 16, 2020

A wildfire named the BELTON RIDGE FIRE is burning just south of Belton Point Road in Kalispell, Montana.

Fire personnel and assets were dispatched today at 1257 MDT (1157 PT) to the area via the Kalispell Interagency Dispatch Center WC6 sending units E462 and Houser assuming the Incident Command.

This may be on HHRD and Forest Service land.

0.3 acres of brush and light timber have been burned.

No information on the cause or the containment status at the time of this post.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/16/2020 1400 PT

Active Wildfires | Northern Rockies | August 19 2017

Post Summary | Want to know what’s happening in other regions? The Northern Rockies consist of fires in Idaho and Montana.

(Graphic) Map of Northern Rockies Geographic Area Daily Fire Weather Outlook

Please NOTE:  We are still providing fire information in the NW but we also covering stories in other regions as well.

Here is our recap for Idaho and Montana which is part of the Northern Rockies region.  This is for Saturday, August 19, 2017.

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A column is coming up in the Carlton Creek area as the fire behavior increases.

Fire column coming up Carlton Creek area on the Lolo Peak Fire. (Courtesy/Inciweb)

Lolo NF.  Type 1 IMT. 10 miles SW of Lolo, MT.  Closed end timber liter and timber (litter/understory). Lightning caused. Extreme fire behavior with crowning, running and spotting. 18,896 acres. 0% contained. 655 personnel. 14 crews, 27 engines, 6 helicopters. 850 residences under evacuation order. 750 homes under evacuation warning. 10 structures lost. Structures threatened. Evacuations in effect. $18.8 Million CTD.



When a sunset photobombs a large wildfire – you get a wild-looking fire image on the Sunrise Fire. (Courtesy/Inciweb)

Lolo NF.  Type 1 IMT of this wildfire, plus Burdette Fire. 11 miles SE of Superior MT. Lightning caused. Timber and brush.  Active fire behavior with short-crown runs, short-range spotting and backing. 24,784 acres. 35% containment. 585 personnel. 10 crews, 46 engines, 7 helicopters. Threats to homes, I-90, Montana Rail Link, transmission lines and to other structures. Evacuations in effect. $21.5 Million CTD. Estimated containment is 9/30/2017.


Burdette Fire creeping and smoldering 7/26/17

This is what creeping and smoldering fire looks like. This is on the Burdette Fire on 7/26/2017. (Courtesy/Inciweb)

Lolo NF. IMT 1 of this wildfire also managing Sunrise Fire.  13 miles SE of Tarkio, MT.  Lightning caused. Timber. Min fire behavior with creeping and smoldering. 649 acres.  Petty Creek and Fish Creek areas could be part of a threat. 90% contained. 3 personnel. 0 resources. $1.2 Million CTD. Estimated containment is 9/30/2017.


Firing Operations on the Goat Creek Fire July 31

Firing operations on the Goat Creek Fire. Taken on 7/31/2017. (Courtesy/Inciweb)

Lolo NF. IMT 2.  (3 fires).  Type 2 IMT.  15 miles SE of Clinton and 25 miles SE of Missoula, MT.  Lightning caused.  Complex includes Sliderock Fire, Goat Creek Fire and Little Hogback Fire.   Timber (litter, grass and understory) and closed timber. Active fire behavior with wind-driven runs, group torching and long-range spotting. 36,056 acres. 42% contained 558 personnel. 9 crews, 41 engines and 6 helicopters. 1 structure lost.  Multiple homes, commercial properties, BPA power lines, a communication site and other structures are threatened. Evacuations in effect.  $22.2 Million CTD.  Estimated containment status is 10/31/2017.


Lolo NF. 6 miles North of Seeley Lake and 7 miles East of Eureka, MT. Timber (grass and understory). Lightning caused.  Type 2 IMT.  Extreme fire behavior with crowning, group torching and spotting. 14,834 acres. 62% contained.  573 personnel. 9 crews, 32 engines, 4 helicopters.  Town of Seeley Lake and outlying communities are threatened. $14.3 Million CTD. Anticipated containment is 10/1/2017.


A night time picture that shows flames in the understory of ponderosa pine trees

When fire hits ponderosa pine trees on the Gilbralter Ridge Fire. (Courtesy/Inciweb)

Kootenai NF.   Type 2 IMT.   7 miles East of Eureka, MT. Timber. Lightning caused. Active fire behavior with creeping, torching and spotting. Homes being threatened.   Evacuation warnings in effect. 2,884 acres. 13% contained. 424 personnel. 7 crews, 27 engines and 3 helos. $5.4 Million CTD.  Estimated containment is 9/30/2017.


View of Fire Activity as of 6:00 p.m.

Large column on the Meyers Fire. Photo taken on 8/18/2017 @ 1800 hours. (Courtesy/Inciweb)

Beaverhead – Deerlodge NF. IMT 2. 4 miles NE of Florence, ID.  Timber, brush and grass. Moderate fire behavior with flanking, uphill runs and short-range spotting.  Structures under threat. Evacuations n the Frog pond area are in effect. 14,151 acres. 5% contained. 451 personnel. 11 crews, 10 engines and 4 helos. $17.5 Million CTD.


Smoke rises up from the Hanover Fire near Halls Gulch drainage

Fire near the Halls Gulch drainage on the Hanover Fire. (Courtesy/Inciweb)

Nez Perce – Clearwater NF. Type 2 IMT.  4 miles NE of Florence and 17 miles NW of Riggins, ID. Lightning caused. Timber, brush and grass. Moderate fire behavior with flanking, uphill runs and short-range spotting. Structures threatened including many residences, lookout structures, active mine, grazing and communication sites are under threat.  13,716 acres. 35% contained. 315 personnel. 3 crews, 8 engines and 3 helos. $6.9 Million CTD.  Estimated containment is 10/15/2017.


A bulldozer in the background with recently disturbed road surface in the foreground

A dozer working on a roadway on the Tamarack Fire. Taken on 8/18/2017. (Courtesy/Inciweb)

Northwestern Land Office, Montana DNR. IMT 2. IMT also managing the Peoples Creek Fire.  Started on forest service land 22 miles NW of Marion, MT.  Timber.  Active fire behavior with group and single-tree torching and backing.  Threatened are Lookouts, high tension power lines and timber investments. 340 acres. 40% contained. 212 personnel. 4 crews, 10 engines. $1.6 Million CTD.  Estimated containment is 10/1/2017.



Northwestern Land Office, Montana DNR. Started on private land 9 miles East of Libby, MT.  Timber and grass. Min fire behavior. 77 acres. 90% contained. 10 personnel.2 engines. $365,000 CTD.


Firefighter at work

Firefighters on the fire line on the Liberty Fire. (Credit: Kari Greer/Inciweb)

Flathead Agency, BIA.  IMT 2. 17 miles SE of Arlee, MT.  Timber.  Lightning caused. Active fire behavior with wind-driven runs, group torching and long-range spotting.  Structures under threat including cultural and timber resources, plus endangered species habitat. 5,813 acres. 90% contained. 252 personnel. 2 crews, 8 engines and 1 helo. $9.5 Million CTD.  Estimated containment is 9/25/2017.


Fire activity on the afternoon of 7/20. Taken bu Security Officer Duggan.

Smoke column on the Park Creek Fire. Taken on 7/20/2017. (Courtesy/Inciweb)

Helena – Lewis and Clark NF.   Fire Command transferred from IMT 2 to local unit on Friday, 8/18/2017.  2 miles North of Lincoln, MT.  Timber.  Lightning caused. Moderate fire behavior.  6,632 acres. 50% contained. 178 personnel. 4 crews, 8 engines and 1 helo. $9.6 Million CTD. Estimated containment is 9/30/2017.


Helena – Lewis and Clark NF. 6 miles NW of Lincoln, MT.  Timber.  Lightning caused.  Moderate fire behavior. Structures under threat.  5,810 acres. 41% contained. 24 personnel. 3 engines. $3.9 Million CTD. Estimated containment is 9/30/2017.

Taken on the Beaver reek Road, below the Arrastra Trailhead on road 1804A

Arrastra Fire taken on 7/20/2017. (Courtesy/Inciweb)


Idaho Panhandle NF. 16 miles SE of Avery, ID. Timber and brush. Human caused. Min fire behavior.  132 acres. 60% contained. 72 personnel. 2 crew. 3 helos. $1.4  Million CTD.  Estimated containment is 10/10/2017.


A small white smoke column is visible from across a lake, surrounded by timber.

Smoke column visible from across Flathead Lake. (Credit: Kim Kelly/Fire Ecologist. Courtesy/Inciweb)

Flathead Agency, BIA.  10 miles NE of Polson, MT. Timber.  Lightning caused. Active fire behavior with single-tree and group torching and uphill runs. 270 acres. 10% contained. 104 personnel. 3 crews, 2 engines and 4 helos. Commercial timber, cultural and rec areas threatened. $1 Million CTD.  Estimated containment is 8/25/2017.


Blackfeet Agency. BIA.  10 miles NE of St. Mary and 7 miles East of Babb, MT. Timber, brush and short grass. Human caused. Active fire behavior with flanking, torching and wind-driven runs. 3,010 acres. 20% containment. 32 personnel. 7 engines, 1 helo. 1 structure destroyed. Multiple homes threatened.  $85,000 CTD. Estimated containment is 8/25/2017.


Looking East 8-18-2017

Looking East on the Scalp Fire. (Courtesy/Inciweb)

Bow Mountain n the Bob Marshall Wilderness and 3 miles South of Gooseberry Cabin in MT. Lightning caused. Started 8/15/2017 around 1900 hours. Fire is being managed for resource benefit/natural ecological role. The fire is visible from both Spotted Bear and Beartop Lookouts.  It is being managed by the Spotted Bear Ranger District. 30 acres. 0% contained. Timber, heavy timber and snags.  Active fire behavior including pocket torching, short-range spotting and re-burning uphill.


Looking East on 8-15-2017

Looking eastward on the Dolly Varden Fire. (Courtesy/Inciweb)

Flathead NF.  Reported around 1930 hours on 8/15/2017. 5.5 miles SE of Schafer Meadows Work Center above Dolly Varden Creek in the Great Bear Wilderness in MT.  Fire being managed as a resource benefit. 3 personnel. 10 acres. Timber, heavy timber and snags. Moderate fire activity with single-tree and pocket torching, some uphill runs and moving eastward.


Group torching on the north end of the fire.

Group torching on the Northern end of the fire on the Monahan Fire. (Courtesy/Inciweb)

Located between Monahan Mountain (Lolo NF) and Little Apex Mountain (Flathead NF). Being managed as natural ecological fire. This is based out of the Spotted Bear Ranger District office. Reported at 2000 hours on 7/23/2017. Lightning caused. Smoke can be seen from the Ovando and Helmville areas. 11 personnel. 1,895 acres. Unknown containment status. Fire is burning in timber, short grass, subalpine fir and in heavy dead/down woody fire fuels.  Estimated containment is 10/1/2017.


Goat Creek & Sliderock PM Fire Activity 7/23/17

Goat Creek Fire on 7/23/2017. (Courtesy/Inciweb)

Part of the Sapphire Complex and along with Slide Rock, Little Hogback Fire.  Started 7/24/2017. Lolo NF. Lightning caused. 6 miles South of Bonita Guard Station and 1 mile EAst of Rock Creek Road on Missoula Ranger District.  In remote terrain. 8,100 acres. 83% contained. Timber, litter, grass and understory.


Part of the Sapphire Complex and included other wildfires Sliderock Fire, Goat Creek Fires.  This wildfire started on 7/13/2017 around 1751 hours. Fire being managed by the Northern Rockies IMT 2 IC. Located 27 miles SE of Missoula, MT.  Lightning caused.  Burning in remote terrain.  27,071 acres. 16% contained.  Burning in timber, litter, grass and understory.

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – 8/19/2017 @ 2355 Hours PDT





#BlueRidgeComplexFire | Montana | Newly Reported!


Three firefighters reel in hose to a Type 6 wildland engine

Type 6 engines picking up hose. (Photo Courtesy: Inciweb)

Incident Summary

The Blue Ridge Complex Fire is comprised of 5 separate fires burning 39 miles NW of Jordan in Garfield County (Eastern) Montana.

#5011 Fire,  #Curry Fire, #Germaine Fire , #Russell Fire and #Westholder Fire

The wildfires started on July 10th around 1110 hours from an unknown cause, that is currently  under investigation.


Collectively, there have been 3,000 acres destroyed with a 0% containment status.

Fire Fuels

Fire fuels include hardwood litter, timber, grass and understory.

Fire Behavior

Active torching and running. Firefighters will continue structure protection, burnouts and addressing hot spots.


Resources include 23 total personnel, 5 engines and 2 helicopters.



(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog


#TongueRiverComplex Fires | Montana | Newly Reported!

NEAR LAME DEER, MONTANA | Two wildfires were ignited by lightning that struck several areas.

This Complex consists of the #Lee Creek wildfire located 30 miles South of Ashland and the #Witten Fire located 18 miles of Lame Deer, Montana.

These are burning on the lands managed by the Custer Gallatin National Forest.  Both are within Rosebud County.

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Photo Credit: Custer Gallatin NF

These fire started on July 9th around 0830 hours.

The Lee Creek Fire is about 2,548 acres with a 95% containment status.  Fire fuels are timber, grass and brush.  Firefighters are currently mopping pu.

The Witten Fire is 28,684 acres and only has a 55% containment status.  Fire crews are addressing active fire behavior with torching with some backing inside the fire perimeter.  They are currently holding the lines along the SW flank.

There are no active evacuations in effect at this time of this posting.

There are 314 personnel assigned to this wildfire within an unknown number or type of additional resources supporting them.

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog

#JulyFire | Montana | 2


Incident Summary | An unknown cause ignited a wildfire on Monday July 03rd, 2017 around 1630 hours. The wildfire named “July Fire” is located on the SW edge of Zortman and North of Landusky, Montana.    The cause is currently unknown and under investigation.

Smoke colum rising from mountain top

Size | There has been 10,622 acres of timber and short grass consumed.  A 50% containment status has been reached.

Resources | There are 436 personnel along with 11 crews, 25 engines and 5 helicopters.

Current Conditions | Active fire behavior with backing, group torching and spotting.  Much of today’s weather has been hot and with increased winds.

Damage Assessment | There have been 5 structures that have been lost.  Structures are still under direct threat at the time of this post.

Cost-to-Date |  Fire suppression and containment costs have reached up to a whopping $2.5 Million.

Social Media | #JulyFire #MTwildfire2017 #MT

Fire Image | Courtesy of Inciweb


(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog

US Active Wildfires – July 3, 2016 (Sunday)

Thank you and Welcome to Sit Reps for Saturday, July 3, 2016.


Nationally, there were 110 new fires (light initial activity) reported to the NW Interagency Coordination Center.:  2 were new large incidents. 3 large fires have been contained.  14 are still not contained.  1 NIMO is committed, while 4 Type 1 IMTs and 5 Type 2 IMTs are also attached to assigned wildfires.



INIAKUK LAKE FIRE – 40 Miles NW of Bettles.  3324 acres. 0% contained.  17 personnel.  1 helicopter.  Started on Private land.  Active fire behavior with spotting, torching, and running. Structures threatened.  $1.1 Million.  #IniakukLakeFire


CEDAR FIRE – 8 miles northwest of Whiteriver, 10 miles south of Pinetop-Lakeside/Show Low.  31 personnel.  45,977 acres. 100% contained.

The airtanker is dropping retardant against the backdrop of giant clouds of smoke

Tanker Drop on the Cedar Fire (Source: Inciweb)

Fire fact:  On June 28, a large fire whirl formed near six members of the Navajo Interagency Hotshot Crew (IHC), entrapping them. In response to the intense heat, flying ash and woody debris, the firefighters deployed their fire shelters.  Read about their story here – >  #CedarFire


Southern Cal area – there have been 23 new fires.  5 are still burning.  There 3 Type 1 IMTs and 1 Type 2 IMTs committed to this area.

Northern Cal area – 24 NEW fires reported.  2 not contained Fires. 1 Type 2 IMT is committed.

CALFires reported 2017 fires 1/1/2015 – 6/25/2015 burning 16,164 acres and this year during the same period, there have been 2017 fires that have burned 16,821 acres.  The 5 year average has been 1961 fires for a total of 15,966 acres.


APPALOOSA FIRE – Appaloosa Rd. and Pinto Dr., 5 miles SW of Angels Camp.  425 acres. 15% contained.  #AppaloosaFire


TRAILHEAD FIRE – along the  Middle Fork of the American River near Todd

Did you know that there are over 2,100 fire personnel at the TrailheadFire with more resources scheduled to arrive today.

Engine Crews on the Trailhead Fire (Source: Inciweb)

Valley/Placer – El Dorado Counties.   Active fire behavior with short-range spotting, uphill runs, and backing.  5044 acres. 20% contained.  2600 structures threatened.  2120 Personnel, 124 engines. 76 crews. 29 bulldozers. 9 watertenders. 13 helicopters. $8.8 Million CTD.  #TrailheadFire


CURRY FIRE – Curry Mountain, 7 miles SW.  2944 acres. 70% contained.554 personnel. 48 engines. 20 crews. 12 bulldozers.  10 watertenders. 12 structures threatened. Evacuations still in progress. $500,000 CTD.  #CurryFire


MARINA FIRE – 1 mile NW of Lee Vining, CA.   Minimal fire behavior.  654 acres. 117

Firing Operations behind Tioga Lodge

Firing Operations behind Tioga Lodge on the Marina Fire. (Source: Inciweb)

personnel.  3 crews. 1 engine. 1 engine. 1 helicopter.  1 structure lost.  $3.6 Million CTD. #MarinaFire


DEER FIRE  – Hwy 223 and Deertrail, 6 miles east of Arvin. Unified Command – Kern County FD and CALFire.  1800 acres. 50% contained. 826 Personnel. 126 engines. 6 crews. 5 bulldozers. 3 watertenders. 12 helicopters. 300 structures threatened.  Active fire behavior with flanking and smoldering. County owned lands.  $1.5 Million.  #DeerFire

ERSKINE FIRE – Lake Isabella/Kern County.  48,019 acres. 95% contained. 154

Thank you firefighters

Thanking the Erskine Firefighter. (Credit: Mike McMillan)

personnel.  Very little fire behavior remaining.  Crews to monitor and do mop-up operations as needed.. Type 3 IMT assumed command @ 0600 on Saturday,July 3, 2016.  #ErskineFire


PONY FIRE – 15 miles southwest of Happy Camp/Siskiyou County.  160 personnel.

Crew 5 Mitigating a snag in the Swillup Creek Drainage

Crew 5 Mitigating a snag in the Swillup Creek Drainage. (Source: Inciweb)

2858 acres. 85% contained.  Fire is burning in litter, dry brush, and timber, with heavy dead and down snags from previous fires.  #PonyFire


COLYEAR FIRE – Colyear Springs Road, 7 miles W of Red Bank.  464 acres. 80% contained. 228 personnel. 18 engines. 12 crews. 2 bulldozers. 4 helicopters. Fire movement has been stopped.  $648,000 CTD.  #ColyearFire


PINE FIRE – San Guillermo Mountain, 6 miles southwest of Stauffer/11 miles of Ojai in

Ventura Crew at work doing hazard reduction

Ventura Crew doing hazard reduction on the Pine Fire. (Credit: Manny Madrigal)

the Sespe Wilderness.  Start 6/30/2016 @ 0854 hours PDT.  455 personnel.  1590 acres. 0% contained. Fire active to moderate.  7 crews. 3 engines. 8 engines.  $2.8 Million. Forest Service land.  #PineFire



BEAVER CREEK FIRE – Routt National Forest, BLM (Independence Mtn), private land,

Air Quality Summary for July 3, 2016South of the CO/WY state line, 24 miles NW of Walden.  349 personnel.  13,275 acres.  Minimal fire behavior. 5% contained.  5 crews.  19 engines.  8 helicopters.  3 structures destroyed.  $6.4 Million CTD.  Forest Service lands. The smoke from this fire has not been a visibility or health issue in the last several days, say Fire Managers.   Evacuations in process.  Call with any damaged property – Jackson County Sheriff’s Office 970-723-4242.  #BeaverCreekFire



Maalaea –   Fire started 7/3/2016. Wind-driven. 6,000 acres.  West Maui and South Maui residents are mostly without power. Officials said power began to be restored in West Maui at around 4 p.m. 0% containment status. Red Cross shelter opened at Maui War Memorial in Wailuku and the Lahaina Civic Center in West Maui.  Fire burning on top of the West Maui mountains and is creeping down towards Ukumehame.


The Northern Rockies which includes the State of Montana reported 8 NEW fires with 2 not contained fires (Observation and Ravalli Hill #2 Fires) and have 1 Type 1 IMT committed to their area.


POLE / FINE FIRES – Approximately 15 miles SW of Ennis, in the Gravelly Mountains.

Pole Fire p.m.

Pole Fire (Credit: USFS)

(Pole Fire – 21 acres) and (Fine Fire – 16 acres) 0% containment. Lightning caused on 6/30/2016. 10 Smoke Jumpers, 3 Engines, 2 Hand crews, 3 Helicopters, 99 Personnel. 0% containment.  37 total acres. #PoleFire  #FineFire


RAVALLI HILL #2 FIRE – 1 mile E of Ravalli Hill.  Structures and sage-grouse habitat threatened.  500 acres. 60% contained. 57 personnel.  1 crew.  7 engines.  $175,000 CTD.  #RavilliHill2Fire


OBSERVATION FIRE – West of Lost Horse Observation Point,

Observation Point Photo - June 28

Photo in early states of the Observation Fire (Source: Inciweb)

Bitterroot National Forest, Darby Ranger District, 10 miles southwest of Hamilton, 526 personnel. Stage I evacuation is in effect for 203 residences. 1294 acres. 15% contained. Moderate fire behavior with single-tree torching, flanking, and backing.  10 crews.  7 engines. 7 helicopters. 0 structures lost.  $2 Million CTD.  Forest Service lands.  #OservationFire


The Great Basin area that includes States Nevada and Utah reported 26 NEW Fires, with 1 of them being a large incident in Nevada (#TopPotFire) and 1 NIMO committed to the region.


HOT POT FIRE – NV State of Forestry.  35 miles N of Battle Mtn.  70,000 acres. 5% contained. Started 7//2016.  Wyatt Type 3 team being mobilized. AA-690 & T-810 committed off district. Winnemucca/Elko border.  Extreme fire behavior with wind-driven runs.  Structures and sage-grouse habitat threatened.  5 crews. 12 engines. 1 helicopter.  $200,000 CTD. #HotPotFire  NEW!


SPRING CREEK FIRE – .25 acre brush fire  on Aesop Drive and Willington. 3rd party RP bluish/black smoke. Dispatched @ 1638 Hours. County Fire on scene.  Other fire resources include fire support en route. #WillingtonFire NEW!


The SW Area had 11 NEW Fires with 1 not contained fire:  #NorthFire.


NORTH FIRE – 25 miles SW of Magdalena.  60 personnel.  42,102 acres. 85%

Fire effects Oak Springs, FR 330

Fire on Oak Springs & FR 330 on the North Fire (Credit: Apache Kid Wildland Module)

contained. Minimal and creeping.  #NorthFire


The NW area reported 13 NEW fires with 1 being a NEW large incident and 1 uncontained fire:  Fifteen Mile Fire in OR.


FIFTEEN MILE FIRE – 8 miles NE of The Dalles.  Private land. Min fire behavior.  Residences threatened.  3400 acres.  95% contained.  22 personnel. 1 crew.  4 engines. 0 helicopters.  $150,000 CTD.  #15MileFire  NEW!


The Rocky Mountains Area which includes South Dakota and Colorado reported 2 NEW fires and 1 not contained fire.  They have 2 Type 2 IMTs committed in their region.


CROW PEAK FIRE – Approx. 4 miles west of Spearfish, SD and 2 miles south of I-90.

Crow Peak Fire

Crow Peak Firefighter (Source: Inciweb)

Active fire behavior with isolated torching and smoldering.  Evacuations and road closure in force. 407 personnel.  2733 acres. 50% contained. To hold containment lines, mop up. 8 crews.  24 engines.  3 helicopters.  $4.5 Million CTD.  #CrowPeakFire



SADDLE FIRE – 2 miles south of Pine Valley. 1633 acres. 42% contained.  445

Tent city at Saddle Fire base camp.

Saddle Fire base camp. (Source: Inciweb)

personnel.  11 crews.  13 engines.  5 helicopters.  Min fire behavior.  Rain dropped over the area on Saturday.  $9.2 Million CTD. #SaddleFire



WEST RIVER FIRE – Mazama/Lost River areas. 1 acre. 0% containment. 0 structures damaged or destroyed. No injuries reported.  #WestRiverFire


(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

National Fire Activity Report| April 15, 2016


The following report was released from the National Interagency Coordination Center for the week of April 8-14, 2016.

During this week, 729 new fires were reported as Light Initial Fire Activity incidents.  Of those, 17 were new large events and crews were able to contain 20 large fires.  Six [6] remain not contained.

Though the number of fires are showing a downturn at this time of year [based off of April 15, 2016] down to 12,272  since its prior years in 2015, of 13,286 and listed as 16,470 in 2014 – it is clearly a sign of land burning much more rapidly.

In 2016, 1,381,078 acres have been consumed, while at this time of year in 2015, only 297,023 acres and even a lesser amount of 226,291 in 2014.  Times have changed and the numbers do not lie.  The proof lies here and some, have already began early recruitment and staffing up for when the Firestorm attempts to burn up the landscape like it did in 2015.  Reinforcements will be ready for Mother Nature’s fury, when she most likely will strike.


Arkansas.  1 new. 1 contained.

Arizona.  0 new. 1 contained.

Florida.  3 new. 1 contained. 3 still burning.

  • Long Pine Key.  Everglades NP.  12 miles SW of Homestead. 3780 acres. Timber & brush. Moderate fire behavior.  Structures threatened. 65% contained. 59 personnel. 1 crew. 10 engines. 2 helicopters. $341,000 cost-to-date.
  •  Relay.  Florida Forest Service.  7 miles SW of Favoretta.  Southern rough.  Min. fire behavior.  400 acres. 85% contained.  6 personnel.  6 engines. No cost-to-date.
  •  Still Road.  Florida Forest Service.  3 miles NE of Barberville. Southern rough.  Min. fire behavior.  205 acres.  95% contained.  6 personnel.  1 helicopter. No cost-to-date available.

Kansas.  0 new. 1 contained.

Mississippi.  2 new. 2 contained.

Montana.  2 new.  1 contained.  1 still burning.

  • Elk Hill.  Lewis & Clark National Forest. 21 miles NE of Augusta.  Min. fire behavior with creeping and smoldering.  Trail closures are in effect. 1089 acres.  80% contained.  32 personnel.  1 crew.  2 helicopters.  $575,000 cost-to-date.

New Mexico.  0 new.  1 contained.

North Carolina.  2 new.  2 contained.

Oklahoma.  4 new.  6 contained.  2 still burning.

  • 350 Complex.  Department of Forestry.  6 miles N of Woodward.  Tall grass, brush and timber. Min. fire behavior.  Structures threatened. 57,167 acres. 92% contained. 37 personnel.  5 engines.  $900,000 cost-to-date.
  • Top Hat.  Osage Agency.  2 miles S of Hominy.  Hardwood litter.  Min. fire behavior.  1,544 acres.  95% contained.  3 personnel.  1 engine.  $22,000 cost-to-date.

South Dakota.  0 new.  1 contained.

Tennessee.  1 new.  3 contained.

Virginia.  2 new.  2 contained.


(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog


Fire Burns Near Previous Seared Landscape

Montana – The Elk Hill Wildfire broke out on April 9th and had been actively burning grass and downfall near the lower North  Fork Sun River and SE of the Lewis & Clark National Forest Service cabin on Cabin Creek in the Bob Marshall Wilderness of the Rocky Mountain Ranger District in Montana.

Forest Service Fire Apparatus.  Credit: MT Lewis & Clark Forest Service

The fire deemed to have started either by warming or a campfire had spread to being within the perimeter of a previous wildfire that burned in the Circle Creek area back in 2005.

Close-up of two of the three smoke columns, the larger of the two columns in the background. Picture taken from airplane

Photo taken on April 10, 2016 shows the magnitude of the Fire.  Photo Credit: Lewis & Clark National Forest.

On Thursday night into this morning, the area received  10-inches of snow, enabling Fire Managers allowing a 100% containment status.  Due to this precipitation, Fire resources and personnel had been released down to 20 still assigned to this incident.  The incident is currently in monitoring status.

smoke column in middle, taken from airplane

Fire Image taken during a flight above the incident. Photo Credit:  Lewis 8 Clark National Forest.

A total of 1086 acres were burned.

No Cost-to-Date was known at the time of this post.

Hashtags related to this fire are #elkhillfire #MTWildfires #MTFires2016

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog


HOT JOBS! | Communications | March 26th


NEW — > State of Montana.  Kalispell, MT.


Olympic Ambulance Service.  Bremerton, Washington.  $14.00 / hour + benefits. ** No Closing Date.

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog


MT PRESCRIBED FIRES | Bitteroot NF | 2015 Spring Projects

Here is a list of fires that have taken place inside the Bitterot National Forest in Hamilton, Montana.

School Point Prescribed Fire | Courtesy: @inciweb

School Point Prescribed Fire | Courtesy: @inciweb


Prescribed fires intentionally set by fire crews have several purposes:

School Point Prescribed Fire | Courtesy: @inciweb

School Point Prescribed Fire | Courtesy: @inciweb

  • Environmental Impacts: Maintains forest health and eco system health.
  • Habitats:  Improvement for wildlife habitats.
  • Food Sources: New food sources for wildlife
  • Fire Hazards: Reduces the potential for large and high intensity of wildfires by burning downed fire fuels
  • Treatments: Burning post-harvest slash due to thinning and personal use firewood cutting
School Point Prescribed Fire | Courtesy of: @inciweb

School Point Prescribed Fire | Courtesy of: @inciweb


Two separate locations where the Prescribed Fires had taken place are located in Hamilton, Montana in the Bitteroot National Forest.  Specifically located E of Stevensville int he Sapphire Mountains, S of ambrose Saddle, clearing 60 acres of understory.

School Point Prescribed Fire | Courtesy of: @inciweb

School Point Prescribed Fire | Courtesy of: @inciweb


  • Stevensville Ranger District : Covers Haacke Claremont, E of Stevensville in the Sapphire Mountaints, S of Ambrose Saddle.
  • Darby Ranger District : Trapper Bunkhouse located SW of Darby neart Hart Bench and Wadle Habitat Improvement, S of Como Lk