Wildfire Incident Report

Prepared: Tuesday, September 27, 2022 9:51:19 PM MDT

Wildfire Incident Report


Fire, Weather & Avalanche Center
La Grande, OR, USA
www.fireweatheravalanche.org
Incident #
2022-NWCG-8290
FWAC Incident ID
276726
Incident Name
Weasel Fire
Last Updated
Tuesday, September 27, 2022 9:01 PM MDT
(49 mins, 55 secs ago)
Fire Reported
Friday, July 29, 2022 6:00 PM MDT
(2 months ago)
State
Montana
Incident Type
Wildfire
Location
43.2 miles NNW of Whitefish, MT
Current Weather

Fire Growth Potential
Fire Weather Forecast
Incident Overview

History -The Weasel Fire was discovered on July 30, 2022. The fire was likely ignited by lightning on Friday July 29. Initial attack occurred on July 30 and 31. A Type 3 Incident Command Team assumed command of the fire on 08/02/2022 at 0600.

On August 4th the Fire exhibited extreme wind-driven fire behavior and made an extended 5-mile run Northeast towards Frozen Lake expanding from 170 acres to 2,174. The fire crossed onto the Flathead National Forest and into Canada. The acres reported in this document are for the U.S. only. Total acres by jurisdiction can be found in the remarks section.

Jurisdictional collaboration is occurring between the Incident Management Team (IMT) in the United States located in Hungry Horse, Montana and the BC Wildfire Service Incident Management Team in Canada, located in Cranbrook. The two IMT’s are closely coordinating on wildfire management and are sharing resources as required.

Current Status: September 8, 2022. The fire is experiencing minimal fire behavior with creeping, smoldering, and isolated torching of trees.

Closure Notices and Safety - The closure order remains in place. An area closure order is in place and posted, that restricts access to the fire area for public and firefighter safety. FS Road #319 to the Weasel Cabin is closed and FS Road #114 to Polebridge was closed Monday, August 22nd due to road construction unrelated to the fire. Please see attached closure map.

Incident Type
Wildfire
Cause
Lightning/natural
Date of Origin
Saturday July 30th, 2022 approx. 12:00 AM
Location
14 miles NE of Eureka, MT
Incident Commander
ICT4 White/ICT4(T) Westlin
Incident Description
Wildfire
Coordinates
48.977, -114.748
Total Personnel
7
Size (Acres)
2,450
Containment
40%
Estimated Containment Date
Friday September 30th, 2022 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved
Timber (Litter and Understory)
Significant Events
Minimal, creeping, and single tree torching.
Planned Actions
Point protection on values at risk as needed, post closure signs as needed and Identify Management Action Points, continue to monitor and re-asses.
Projected Incident Activity
12 Hour: Ground fire will continue to smolder and creep; limited fire behavior.

24 Hour: Ground fire will continue to smolder and creep; limited fire behavior.

48 to 72 Hours: Ground fire will continue to smolder and creep; limited fire behavior.

Past 72 Hours: Ground fire will continue to smolder and creep; limited fire behavior.
Remarks
Acres by Jurisdiction:
USA: 2,450
Canada: 2,694
Total 5,144
Weather Concerns
A drier air mass will settle over the region and may cause more active fire behavior throughout the week. High Temperatures are expected throughout the week.
Incident Contact
Eureka Ranger Station
Phone: 406-296-2536
Hours: Mon-Fri 0800-1630
Fire Unit Information
Kootenai National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
31374 US Hwy 2 Libby Montana 59923
Libby, MT 59923
Incident Map

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