Kootenai National Forest
Weigel and Dunn Fire updates
Weigel and Dunn Fires
Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation
Kootenai National Forest
For Immediate Release
August 14, 2015 11:30 am
Office hours: 7a.m. to 9 p.m.
Incident: Wildland fire, lightning-caused, reported on August 11, 2015
Location: Weigel: 24 miles northeast of Libby, Montana
Dunn: East of Libby on Plum Creek Timber Company Property near the Fisher River
Jurisdiction: Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, USDA Forest Service, Kootenai National Forest, Private land
Incident Commander: Shawn Pearson, Northern Rockies Type II Incident Management Team (IMT)
Weigel Fire: 100 acres
Dunn Fire:74 acres
Strategy: Full Suppression
Structures Threatened: 0
Today’s Activity: This morning Pearson’s Type II IMT took over command of the Weigel and Dunn Fires from Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (MT DNRC). The Weigel Fire is burning in timber 24 miles northeast of Libby Montana. The Dunn fire is located on Plum Creek Timber Company land near the Fisher River. There is a red flag warning from noon to midnight today. A cold front entering the area this afternoon may bring high winds, thunderstorms and hail. This weather change could significantly affect fire behavior and challenge firefighters working along the perimeters of the fires.
Weigel Fire: A line has been established around 100% of the Weigel Fire. Today crews assigned to the Weigel Fire will continue to improve line with the goal of keeping the fire north and east of road #4905, west of Weigel Creek, and south of road #835.
Dunn Fire: Line has been established around 100% of the Dunn Fire and crews began mopup of the fire yesterday. Today, crews will continue to mopup the Dunn Fire moving further into the fire’s burned perimeter.
Crews will also be available as needed for initial attack as today’s weather forecast could result in more lightning strikes in the area.
Special Messages/Closures: No Evacuations are in place. No Closures are in place. Residents and recreationalists living in and/or visiting the area are encouraged to stay informed of the changing conditions.
Flathead National Forest
Bear Creek Fire update
Bear Creek Fire Friday, Aug 14, 2015 2015 8:30 AM
Fire Information: (406) 758-3483
FIRE SUMMARY: The Bear Creek Fire is burning on the Spotted Bear Ranger District, in the Flathead National Forest. Management actions will be taken to confine the fire where appropriate and as resources are available, with fire fighter and public safety as a priority, as well as to minimize impacts to recreationists, the local outfitter & guides and resorts, and the Spotted Bear Ranger Station facilities.
Location: Spotted Bear MT, 53 miles south of Hungry Horse, MT. Bear Creek is approximately 5.5 miles southwest of Spotted Bear.
Legal Description: T24N, R16W, Sec 13
Lat/Long: 47° 50.826 x 113° 35.346
Detected: August 12, 2015
Total Acres: 151
Total Containment: 0%
Resources Assigned: Total Personnel: 20; Firefighters: 8; Engines: 1, Helicopters: 1; Overhead: 11
The Type 3 team is comprised of Flathead National Forest, and MT State Department of Natural Resources.
August 12th, a lighting storm passed over the Spotted Bear area, starting a total of 14 new fires. Yesterday, August 13th, a local Type 3 Incident Management Team took over management of the Bear Creek Fire along with two other smaller fires nearby, while the other fires located in the Spotted Bear River area and within the Great Bear Wilderness Area are continuing to be managed by the Spotted Bear Ranger District. Trail closures are in place in the Bunker Creek area to protect public and firefighter safety, please see below and attached map. Today August 14th, a red flag warning for extreme weather, high winds, lightening, and localized heavy rain is predicted. For information about the other fires on the Spotted Bear Ranger District, please call (406) 758-5376. The Trail Creek Fire, located up Spotted Bear River was highly active and visible in the area.
Bear Creek Fire – Size: 150 acres Location: 47° 50.826 x 113° 35.346 Status: Active fire behavior, backing down hill towards Bunker Creek, Single Engine Air Tankers performing retardant drops, helicopters performing water drops. Yesterday fire growth was held in check due to this aerial firefighting effort. Containment: 0% This fire is burning in the 2000 Chipmunk Creek Fire area.
Late Creek Fire – Size: 1 acre Location: 47° 49.284 x 113° 33.744 Status: Active fire behavior, fire line has been constructed around the fire, helicopters will continue . Containment: 0%.
Addition Creek Fire – Size: 1/10th acre Location: 47° 52.806 x 113° 35.100 Status: Dead out. This will be the last update.
- The entirety of Trail #99, from Chipmunk Peak Trailhead to its terminus at the junction with Trails #82 and #101.
- The Bunker Creek Road #549/Trail 101, from Bunker Creek Trailhead to its junction with Trail #101A.
- The Middle Fork of Bunker Creek Road #2820/Trail 91, from Junction with Bunker Creek Road #549/Trail #101 to junction with Trail #7.
- A Temporary Flight Restriction is in place, 4 nautical miles around the fire. This does not affect the other airstrips in the area.
Northern Rockies Type II Incident Management Team
Irv Leach Incident Commander
Daily Fact Sheet Aug. 14, 8:00 a.m.
Link to http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4468/ Fire Information: (406) 314-1669 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
Approximate Size: 14,900 acres Containment: 0% Latitude 48.551, Longitude -113.613
Resources - Total Personnel: 83 Injuries: None
Hand Crews: 1 Wildland Fire Management Module Air Support: Helicopters (1 Type-1 & 1 Type-3)
1 Helitack Crew
Fire Update: The Thompson Fire was reported at approximately 1:30pm on Sunday, August 9. It is located in a remote south-central backcountry area of Glacier National Park about 15 miles east of the West Glacier entrance and 12 miles southwest of the Saint Mary entrance. The fire is burning in the Thompson Creek and Nyack Creek drainages west of Medicine Grizzly Peak where the Flathead and Glacier Counties border follows the Continental Divide.
The safety of public and incident personnel is the highest priority on all incidents. Aerial resources are being used on the Thompson Fire to control fire spread. Helicopters dropped water on hot spots in the Nyack Creek drainage.
No structures have been lost or damaged. Structure protection is in place at the Lower Nyack Backcountry Patrol Cabin. The threat to the Upper Nyack Cabin was reduced when the fire burned around it.
The majority of Glacier National Park is unaffected by this wildfire and is available for recreational use. For more specific visitor information, please see official websites http://www.nps.gov/glac/index.htm, https://twitter.com/glaciernps, and https://www.flickr.com/photos/glaciernps/. Additionally you can view park webcams at http://www.nps.gov/glac/learn/photosmultimedia/webcams.htm.
A cold front is expected this afternoon with increasing winds and possible strong thunderstorms. A Red Flag Warning for fire behavior is in effect from noon to midnight. Strong winds will first come from a southerly direction,
turning westerly behind the front. Strong thunderstorms capable of gusty winds and hail are also expected. Cooler weather and higher humidity are expected Saturday, with a return to seasonal conditions Sunday.
Some of the smoke to the east is from the Thompson Fire. However, much of the smoke in the region is from fires west of Glacier in California, Washington, Oregon and Idaho. There are 188 fires burning nationally, including 66 in the Northern Rockies.
Call (406) 314-1669 for updated fire information.
Glacier National Park is under Stage I Fire Restrictions. Campfires are not allowed in the backcountry of Glacier National Park. Campfires are still allowed in developed campgrounds that have park-provided concrete or metal fire rings.
Closures: The Thompson Fire has prompted closure of the Nyack and Coal Creek areas, including trails and backcountry campsites. There may be additional trail closures in the area due to increased fire activity. For updated information on trail status, visit http://home.nps.gov/applications/glac/infobull/closures.cfm.
Siyeh Pass Trail, from Siyeh Pass to Sun Rift Gorge
Sunrift Gorge, Saint Mary Falls, and Virginia Falls
Red Eagle Trail, towards Saint Mary Falls
Coal Creek Trail
Nyack Creek Trail
Cutbank Pass Trail, in the Nyack drainage
Park Creek to Coal Creek cutoff trail
Dry Fork Trail, from Pitamakan Pass to Two Medicine Campground trailhead and Two Medicine Entrance
Morning Star Trail, from Cutbank Auto Campground to Pitamakan Pass
Atlantic Creek Trail, from Cutbank Auto Campground to Triple Divide Pass
Medicine Grizzly Lake Trail
Dawson Pass Trail / North Shore of Two Medicine Lake
North Shore Two Medicine Junction to Dawson / Pitamakan
Upper Two Medicine Lake Trail
Cutbank Frontcountry Campground
Rising Sun Frontcountry Campground
Otokomi Backcountry Campground
Reynolds Backcountry Campground
Lower Nyack Backcountry Campground
Upper Nyack Backcountry Campground
Beaver Woman Lake Backcountry Campground
Nyack/Coal Creek Camping Zone
Coal Creek Backcountry Campground
Atlantic Creek Backcountry Campground
Morning Star Backcountry Campground
Oldman Lake Backcountry Campground
No Name Backcountry Campground
Upper Two Medicine Lake Backcountry Campground
More Information: Visit Inciweb at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4468/.
The Reynolds Creek Fire continues to burn within the fire perimeter on the east side of the park. For information on fires within Glacier National Park, please visit http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/state/27/.
The Thompson Fire has not impacted any park roads. The Going-to-the-Sun Road is open.