Anderson Hill
30.9 mi
E of Missoula, MT
Fire Status:
Last Updated:
57 mins, 42 secs ago
Incident #:
Fire Start:
Thursday, July 15, 2021 9:00 AM MDT

Current Weather

Fire Growth Potential

Fire Weather Forecast

Incident Overview Updated: 8 hours, 15 mins ago

Incident Photo for the Anderson Hill Fire

This fire originated in Granite County one mile southeast of Garnet Ghost Town and was reported and confirmed on Thursday, July 15. Estimated at 10 acres originally, this fire has grown to 800 acres and is fueled by thick timber and dense dead and down fuels. Steep, rugged terrain increases complexity. Fire is now burning in the counties of Granite and Powell. There are values at risk and evacuation orders and evacuation warnings have occurred, as well as area, road, and trail closures. A Type 3 Team has assumed command of the fire. The Incident Commander is Erik Newell. 

Basic Information

Incident Type:
Under Investigation
Date of Origin:
Thursday, July 15, 2021 3:00 PM MDT
15 miles SW of Ovando
Incident Commander:
Erik Newell
Incident Description:
Fire Is Burning In Heavy Timber, Dense Dead And Down Fuels, With Predominantly Backing And Creeping With Occasional Tree Torching. The Primary Activity Is Through 1000-hr Fuels Consuming Internally (dead Trees/brush That Are 3-8 Inches In Diameter And Can Take Up To 1000 Hours To Adjust To Moist Conditions). There Are Values At Risk Within Close Proximity To The Fire's Edge, But The Potential For Loss Has Diminished. Various Evacuation Orders And Warnings Have Been Issued By The Granite County Sheriff And The Missoula County Sheriff. Approximately 20 Individuals Were Evacuated. For More Information On Closures Contact Local Law Enforcement Office. The Bureau Of Land Management Has Temporarily Closed The Garnet Ghost Town Historic Site And Surrounding Area For Public Safety And To Allow Firefighters To Conduct Suppression Activities. Additional Road And Trail Closures Are Still In Place. Stage 1 Fire Restrictions Are In Place In Granite County, Stage 2 Fire Restrictions Are In Place In Missoula And Powell Counties.
46.818, -113.334

Current Situation

Total Personnel:
Size (Acres):
Estimated Containment Date:
Wednesday, July 28, 2021 12:00 AM MDT
Fuels Involved:
Timber, litter, and understory. Medium logging slash.

Planned Outlook

Planned Actions:
Crews will strengthen control lines and continue to mop up.
Projected Incident Activity:
Fire will likely hold within current containment lines.
Resources on the fire: 3 Type 2 Initial Attack Crews, 13 engines, 2 dozers, 2 skidgens, 3 falling modules, 1 excavator, 1 Type 3 helicopter and additional aviation resources as available.

Weather Synopsis

Weather Concerns:
Higher relative humidity and expected temperatures over the last few days have allowed resources to minimize fire growth and protect the values and structures at risk. Dry, smoky, and warm conditions will continue for the next several days. Winds will relax Saturday.

Incident Contact

Incident Contact
Kristin Mortenson
Email: Kristin.Mortenson@mt.gov
Phone: 970-756-4904
Hours: 8 AM - 5 PM
Fire Unit Information
Montana Department of Natural Resources & Conservation
1539 Eleventh Ave.
Helena, MT 59601