Whale Butte Fire


Incident #: FNF-384
Fire Start: 7 months ago
Location: 4.6 miles SW of Polebridge, MT
Acres: 515
Agency: Kalispell Interagency Dispatch Center (MT-KIC)
Dispatch Notes: Protection agency: gvrd - forest service. Lightning, 515 acres, controlled 10/03/18 @ 1800hrs | Contain: 09/16/18 1800 control: 10/03/18 1800

Current Weather

Fire Growth Potential

Incident Overview

Updated: 12 hours, 48 mins ago — The Whale Butte Fire is burning in the Flathead National Forest 10 miles northwest of Polebridge, Montana. This fire is being managed with modified confine and contain tactics, with fire fighter and public safety as a priority. The fire is burning in steep terrain with subalpine forest and brushy avalanche chutes. Following lightning storms across the Flathead National Forest evening of August 11, the Whale Butte Fire was detected the next morning. A Type 1 Fire Management Team is assigned to the fire. Video of the September 4th community meeting is available at https://youtu.be/Vcn-br-QV9A A story map of the progression of the fire is available at http://nifc.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=25498813ba044f548c2315e9eb6d2d22


Incident Contact
Flathead National Forest
Email: 2018.PaolaRidge.WhaleButte.CoalRidge@firenet.gov
Phone: 406-758-3546
Hours: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Fire Unit Information
Flathead National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
650 Wolfpack Way
Kalispell, MT 59901

Basic Information

Date of Origin
Sunday August 12th, 2018 approx. 10:55 AM
10 mi. NW of Polebridge, MT
Incident Commander
Manny Mendoza, USFS Type 3
48.855 latitude, -114.474 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel
515 Acres
% Contained


Planned Actions
Complete fire suppression repairs in accordance with the Fire Suppression Rehabilitation Plan on National Forest Lands.
No updates unless significant activity occurs.