Wildfire Incident Information
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Fire Status
ACTIVE
Last Updated
5 hours, 52 mins ago
Fire Start
Friday, July 29, 2022 6:00 PM MDT
Incident #
NWCG-2022-NWCG-8290
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Current Weather

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Incident Overview

Inciweb information was updated: 6 days ago

Incident Photo for the Weasel Fire

The Weasel Fire was discovered on July 30, 2022. Aerial and ground resources are currently working on the fire and continue to make progress.

Due to the fire activity, National Forest System Road 319 (Therriault Lakes Road) is closed from the Foundation Creek Trailhead North to the end of the road. Road access to Big Therriault and Little Therriault Campgrounds is closed Please avoid the area. There will be increased traffic on National Forest System Road 114 (Grave Creek Road). Please drive slowly and watch for equipment and personnel.
A Type 3 Team (Stevenson IC) has assumed command of the fire.

A mission to protect Weasel Cabin with protective wrapping was completed on August 2, 2022.

Basic Incident Details

Incident Type
Wildfire
Cause
Lightning
Date of Origin
Saturday, July 30, 2022 12:00 AM MDT
Location
14 miles NE of Eureka, MT
Incident Commander
Stevenson
Coordinates
48.977, -114.748

Current Situation

Total Personnel
75
Size (Acres)
1,100
Estimated Containment
Friday, September 30, 2022 12:00 AM MDT
Fuels Involved
Timber (Litter and Understory)
Significant Events
Extreme Crowning,
Long-range Spotting, Wind Driven Runs.

Planned Outlook

Planned Actions
Assess fire growth and look for suppression opportunities, point source protection as needed. Continue prepping Roads 178 - 7108
Prep bridge on Lower Foundation Trail
Remove scene of action repeater
Continue road grading operations for quicker egress on travel routes
Projected Incident Activity
Active fire behavior will continue on the ground with long range spotting and extreme fire behavior. Crown runs can be expected with forecasted wind and low RH's. Fire will continue to spread in all directions due to heavy timber, high temps and gusty winds, and dry fuels.

Weather Synopsis

Weather Concerns
Friday winds will initially be southwest but a backdoor cold front will shift those winds to the east during the afternoon. The gradient overnight Friday will keep the wind speed fairly constant through Saturday morning, when winds will initially slacken then shift back to the Southwest

Fire Incident Contact

Incident Contact
Eureka Ranger Station
Email: 2022.weasel@firenet.gov
Phone: 406-296-2536
Hours: M-F 0800-1630
Fire Unit Information
Kootenai National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
31374 US Hwy 2 Libby Montana 59923
Libby, MT 59923