UPDATE: Clover Fire Contained, Murray Fire Nearly So.
DILLON -- The Sunrise Fire is located south of Ennis in the Gravelly Mountain Range. The 174-acre blaze is on the Madison District of the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest and private land. The cause has not been determined.
Top priority for firefighters is to secure the fire edge on private land and are monitoring the Sunrise Fire's north and east edge. Crews are also working to identify and break up hotspots as they secure the west flank of this fire.
Nearby, the Clover Fire continues to burn, but crews have completed primary and secondary containment lines around the perimeter of the 1225-acre area.
CORVALLIS -- The Mill Lake Fire continues to burn on 1608 acres of heavy timber in the Mill Canyon, west of Corvallis. The fire continues to creep and smolder in steep and rugged terrain filled with snag trees, which limits the ability to safely place firefighters directly on the fire at this time. Additionally, Up to 0.5 inch of rain is possible over the fire area today, which may increase creek outflow with debris
Nearby is the Blodgett Lake Fire, 10 miles west of Hamilton. 50 firefighters and 4 engines are on the scene, and the fire is estimated at 1200 acres, fed by heavy dead and down trees and cured shrubs between avalanche chutes. Rain is possible here, too.
Both fires are blamed on lightning strikes in late August.
HAVRE -- Firefighters continue to make progress on the 7,225 acre Eagle Creek Fire, which has not grown in the past 24 hours, and as of Wednesday evening, is 70%, contained. The fire is 30 miles south of Havre, on the south slope of Baldy Mountain in the Bears Paw Mountains. Fire activity is described as "minimal".
The Lions Campground and Sandy Creek Campground remain closed until further notice. Emergency and local traffic only on Beaver Creek Road above Upper Bear Paw Lake.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
HELENA -- The No Grass Creek fire is located in Powell County on the west end of the Helena Ranger District of the Helena-Lewis&Clark National Forest The fire covers 1003 acres, and has plenty of dead trees in the area to feed on. Because of the current state of the dead timber, and the location within a roadless area, it’s neither safe nor effective to send firefighters into the area. Fire personnel are managing from the air. No homes or private property are threatened by the fire, which provides an opportunity to responsibly allow fire to naturally function and provide ecological benefits.
MARION -- The lightning-caused Lemonade Fire has not grown over the past 72 hours. It remains estimated at 667 acres, and incident commanders report 90% containment as of Wednesday evening. The fire is in the Flathead National Forest, 21 miles west of Kalispell. Firefighters continue to look for hot spots, cool the fire's edge, and mitigate hazard trees. Expect primarily smoldering and creeping in pockets of heavy dead and down still holding fire. Slight chance for a few single trees to torch. Spot fires are still possible.
HELMVILLE -- Firefighters continue to increase containment of the 70-acre Murray Fire, 12 miles SW of Helmsville, reaching 93% as of Wednesday morning. Crews are aiming for 100% containment today (Thursday, September 15). Fire crews continue demobilization of personnel and packaging up fire equipment no longer needed on the fire. They will continue this process until the fire is fully contained and the area is safe enough to be managed by the local fire unit.
LIBBY -- The Bull Gin Complex, a group of four wildfires in the Kootenai National Forest, covers a total of 3673 acres. The Bull Gin Complex received a wetting rain across the fire complex significantly reducing fire activity yesterday. Rain affected road conditions limiting travel and use of heavy equipment until early afternoon. Once conditions cleared, Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) modules collected aerial observations and infrared assessments to support on-the-ground firefighting efforts. Firefighters observed little to no growth of the fire yesterday.
The Government Fire, 2 miles northeast of Noxon, is listed at 2284 acres. The fire area received less than a quarter inch of rain. Firefighters and heavy equipment continue fuel removal along the 150 road in the Rock Creek drainage. To the southeast, hand crews utilize chippers to reduce slash from check lines within the 2763 road system. Firefighters will patrol, monitor, and secure control lines to the west and southwest. In the northwest, the fire is holding along Government Creek.
The Rock Lake Fire is controlled and in patrol status.
Two miles northeast of Heron, the Billiard Fire is now 1112 acres. Over a quarter inch of rain substantially reduced fire activity. Where fire has reached control lines on the west side from Fatman saddle north, hand crews are “mopping up” or extinguishing areas of heat working 30 to 60 feet interior from the control line. Hand crews and heavy equipment are constructing additional check line at the top of the 2293 road system. Mastication and fuel removal will continue along Fatman Road. Engines will patrol structures in Blue Creek, Blue Creek Bay, Hillside Lane, and Fatman Road.
The Isabella Lake Fire has grown to 277 acres, and is in rough inaccessible terrain in the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness. The fire is being monitored by air.
MISSOULA -- The Boulder Lake Fire is still approximately 1,800 acres in size. Crews are working hard to keep the fire in check and limit spread onto National Forest lands outside of the Wilderness that are under MT DNRC protection. MT DNRC engines continue to seek out and extinguish spot fires on the east flank of the fire and direct water bucket drops on the south flank of the fire to protect the Gold Creek cabin. Heavy machinery is improving existing roads to the south and east of the fire for improved access and use as control lines.
MISSOULA -- The Solomon Fire, southeast of Missoula, is 434 acres in size. The fire continues to exhibit moderate fire behavior, primarily on the eastern and the northern flanks of the fire. The fire continues to slowly burn in the main bowl below Solomon Mountain (at approximately 6,800 feet in elevation), burning through the heavy dead and down fuel. Firefighters are anticipating cooler weather and higher humidity for the rest of the week (9/13- 9/16) and into the weekend which will help to moderate fire behavior.
SULA -- The Trail Ridge Fire, is burning about 0.25 miles away from the Continental Divide Trail (CDT), 5 miles SE of Sula, MT and 11 miles NW of Big Hole National Battlefield. It continues to grow slowly and as of Thursday morning, it is 17,070 acres, an increase of 27 acres since early Wednesday. Incident command reports 30% containment.
The fire is burning in a remote, rugged area of the 2000 Mussigbrod Fire burned area, with abundant standing dead trees and heavy ground fuels, as a result of that incident. There is a large amount of deadfall on the ground with numerous snags throughout the area, making it unsafe for firefighters to tackle it head-on.
Cool, wet weather is aiding firefighting efforts. Afternoon showers are possible and with light to moderate rain and localized heavy rain is possible in areas today. As these storm cells pass through the area the potential for gusty outflow winds to accompany the precipitation events. These cool and wet conditions are expected to stay through the weekend.Commanders expect little growth on the west, south and east edges of the fire, and minimal fire movement across the Tolan Creek, Stone Creek, and 4B Creek drainages.
Meanwhile, the Thompson Creek Fire, 19 miles east of Sula was declared 100% contained at 85 acres on Wednesday, Sept 14. The fire has been put in ‘Patrol’ status.
GLACIER NATIONAL PARK -- There's been no change in status for the Quartz Fire and the North Camas Fire..
The Quartz Fire continues to consume dead and down heavy fuels within its perimeter. The Quartz Fire is estimated to be 1981 acres. A squad remains staged at the Quartz Lake Cabin reinforcing structure protection and patrolling the Quartz Fire.
The North Camas Fire continues burning in very steep, inaccessible terrain and is estimated at 71 acres as of Tuesday, Sept. 12.. The fire is not currently threatening any structures, park resources, nor the public.
BOB MARSHALL WILDERNESS -- There are no new updates regarding the four fires burning in the Bob Marshall Wilderness.
The George Lake Fire is burning on the bottom of the slope at the northeast end of George Lake, located in the Bob Marshall Wilderness. As of 9/12/2022, the fire is 625 acres. Reconnaissance and Infrared (IR) Mapping flights will monitor the fire as resources allow. Due to the rocky terrain and lack of available fuels, no other actions are planned at this time.
The Ursus Fire originally showed primary growth to the east, but it has since reached the 2012 Elbow Pass burn scar which should act as a buffer to slow the spread of the fire in that direction.The fire has steadily grown along the north and south flanks in heavy timber, and now covers 4714 Acres.
The 1872-acre Cannon Fire, which is located 15 miles northeast of Condon. There is a significant fire history in the surrounding area that will affect fire spread.
The Dean Creek Fire, 30 miles east of Swan Lake, has been holding at 483 acres since last Wednesday morning. Fire activity is described as "minimal".