Paola Ridge Fire


Incident #: FNF-374
Fire Start: 7 months ago
Location: 3.1 miles S of Pinnacle, MT
Acres: 1,111
Agency: Kalispell Interagency Dispatch Center (MT-KIC)
Dispatch Notes: Protection agency: hhrd - forest service, lightning, 1111 acres, controlled 10/5 | Contain: 10/05/18 1155 control: 10/05/18 1200

Current Weather

Fire Growth Potential

Incident Overview

Updated: 2 days ago — FIRE SUMMARY: The Paola Ridge Fire is burning in the Flathead National Forest. This fire is being managed with modified confine and contain strategy with indirect tactics; fire fighter and public safety is a priority. The fire is burning in steep terrain with subalpine forest and brushy avalanche chutes. GENERAL INFORMATION:The Flathead National Forest and our interagency partners experienced lighting storms throughout the northwest Montana zone on the evening of August 11th. Multiple fires were reported, initial attack is occurring, resources are responding, and more firefighting resources are being ordered. There are no evacuations at this time for this incident, however and EVACUATION WARNING is in place for a small number of residences near Essex. Please follow @FlatheadOES, as warning notices or evacuations will be coordinated through this partner. Video of the September 4th community meeting is available at A story map of the progression of the...


Incident Contact
Flathead National Forest
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

Lightning / Natural
Date of Origin
Saturday August 11th, 2018 approx. 10:30 PM
Near the town of Essex, which is located on US-2
Incident Commander
Manny Mendoza, US Forest Service
48.311 latitude, -113.651 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel
1,111 Acres
% Contained
Estimated Containment Date
Thursday November 01st, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved
Timber (Litter and Understory)
Brush (2 feet)
Closed Timber Litter
Significant Events
Minimal,Creeping, Smoldering


Planned Actions
Monitor fire progression on Paola Ridge and above Dickey Creek. Be prepared to take suppression actions and initiate structure protection if management action points are met. Mop up and secure dozer and hand lines.
Projected Incident Activity
24 Hours: Cool and moist weather will keep fire behavior to a minimum. The fire should mainly see creeping and smoldering. No additional growth is expected.
Tentative schedule to transfer incident back to the local unit on Monday 9/17/18 at 0600.