UPDATE: Lemonade Fire Reported In Flathead NF
MARION -- A new 564-acre wildfire has been reported 21 miles west of Kalispell on the Flathead National Forest. The Type 2 Northern Rockies Incident Management Team 3 has assumed command of the Lemonade Fire, which was started by lightning on September 1st.
173 firefighters, heavy equipment operators, and aircraft have been working on the fire. On the east perimeter, a heavy equipment line is being constructed, and firefighters are working on handline to tie it into a Forest Service road. These crews were supported yesterday by helicopters conducting water drops to cool the fire's edge. Yesterday on the southwestern edge, fixed-wing aircraft called Fire Bosses dropped water to slow the spread in that direction. Today on the northwest and southwest sides, fire managers will scout for opportunities to put in firelines utilizing heavy equipment and hand crews. The fire is most active in mature timber with heavy dead and down fuels. Currently, there are no evacuations; however, one property is under pre-evacuation notice.
Glacier National Park --The Quartz Fire again showed limited activity over the weekend despite the Red Flag Warning that was issued for the area. The fire produced little smoke ahead of the dry cold front that moved across the region early Saturday evening. High winds associated with the cold front’s passing resulted in isolated tree torching on the fire’s southern perimeter, but activity subsided after the winds calmed. One crew of firefighters remains staged at the Quartz Cabin and will continue patrolling and monitoring the Quartz Fire.
MONARCH -- The Deep Creek Fire, in the northeast corner of the Little Belt Mountains, is still estimated to be 75 acres and is 60% contained. Fire personnel were able to use aerial resources on it to help reduce fire growth. There are currently 62 personnel assigned which includes 1 helicopter, 4 engines, and 1 hand-crew.
MISSOULA -- The Solomon Fire is burning southeast of Missoula, MT in the Welcome Creek Wilderness on the Missoula Ranger District. It is located approximately 6 miles south of Interstate 90/Rock Creek Exit #126, near Solomon Mountain.
The 300-acre lightning-caused fire continues to be active in the afternoons due to persistent hot, dry, and breezy conditions and low relative humidity. The fire is burning steadily, with firefighters reporting occasional single and group tree torching, short-range spotting, and short up-hill runs. The location of the fire is in steep and thickly timbered terrain with snags, or hazard trees, making up about half of the standing fuel and is surrounded to the south, east, and west by the 2007 Sawmill Fire burned area.. Fire growth has been observed primarily on the north side of Solomon Mountain and is typically between 50-75 acres of new growth per day, slowly moving to the north and east.
The terrain, fuel type, and the presence of snag trees limit the ability to place firefighters directly on the fire. Firefighter and public safety is the top priority when assessing this engagement. No structures or infrastructure are currently threatened. Firefighters and engines will be actively patrolling the Rock Creek Corridor. Firefighters are also patrolling the fire from the air. A helicopter may be used as needed to check and limit fire spread.
Bob Marshall Wilderness - Two fires have been burning in the Bob since early August. The larger of the two is the 1384-acre Cannon Fire, which is located 15 miles northeast of Condon.
No growth has been observed for several days. The fire is being monitored from nearby lookout towers. Nearby, the 358-acre Dean Creek Fire has better odds of spreading, with hot dry weather continuing. The Pentagon Cabin has been wrapped, and sprinklers are set up. Over the weekend, two firefighters were sent to the site to monitor the fire, and start the sprinkler system if needed.