Boulder 2
32.8 mi
SSE of Kalispell, MT
Fire Status:
Last Updated:
49 mins, 15 secs ago
Incident #:
Fire Start:
Friday, July 30, 2021 8:45 PM MDT

Current Weather

Fire Growth Potential

Fire Weather Forecast

Incident Overview Updated: 3 weeks ago

Incident Photo for the Boulder 2 Fire

Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes discovered the Boulder 2700 Fire the morning of July 31, 2021, in the Mission Mountains east of Flathead Lake, and eight miles east of Polson, MT. As of August 1, 2021, the size was approximately 1,150 acres, burning in steep terrain with heavy, downed fuels. Fourteen primary and seventeen secondary structures were lost. The fire's cause is under investigation. Northern Rockies Team 4 Type 2 team took command beginning on August 2, 2021 through August 15, 2021 at 6:00 a.m. Command was transferred at that time to a local Type 3 Organization. The Boulder 2700 Fire is 2,072 acres and 46% contained as of August 15, 2021. 

Basic Information

Incident Type:
Under Investigation
Date of Origin:
Saturday, July 31, 2021 2:45 AM MDT
9 miles east of Polson, MT
Incident Commander:
Clint Davis, Type 3 Incident Commander; Chris McCrea, Type 3 IC Trainee
Incident Description:
47.765, -114.009

Current Situation

Total Personnel:
Size (Acres):
Estimated Containment Date:
Friday, October 1, 2021 12:00 AM MDT
Fuels Involved:
The fire is mainly burning in the timber litter and timber understory. The 100 and 1,000 hour fuels are wetter than average and will take time to become critically dry again. Steep slopes and areas of heavy blowdown are leading to a high resistance to control.
Significant Events:
Minimal fire behavior was observed in all divisions with scattered smokes consisting of smoldering and creeping with pockets of heat in heavy, woody fuels. Backing and flanking has been occurring but heavy smoke cover has decreased activity.

Planned Outlook

Planned Actions:
-Patrol roads and firelines.

-Mop up fire's perimeter working on increasing depth.

-Continue to construct fuel breaks utilizing the existing north-south road systems to create contingency lines.
Projected Incident Activity:
12 Hours: Hot, dry and windy. Where heat exists, fire behavior is expected to pick up, even on north aspects. If there is heat along uncontained line on the east side of the fire, some growth could occur through spotting.

24 Hours: Warm and windy with a slight chance of precipitation. If there is heat along uncontained line on the east side of the fire, some growth could occur through spotting.

48 Hours: Cold front passage with higher winds, higher humidity and increased chances of moisture. Fire behavior will be moderated.
Transition from Northern Rockies Team 4 to the local unit occurred at 0600 on Sunday 8/15/2021

Weather Synopsis

Weather Concerns:
Hot and dry conditions with increased winds over the next 24 hours will lead to drying of fuels and increased chances of some growth on the east side of the fire. However, chances of precipitation and increase in humidity after the front will moderate any fire behavior and growth.

Incident Contact

Incident Contact
C.T. Camel
Email: ct.camel@cskt.org
Phone: 406-676-2550 ext. 6407
Fire Unit Information
Flathead Agency
Bureau of Indian Affairs
PO Box 40 Pablo Montana 59855
Pablo, MT 59855