Wildfire Incident Report

Prepared: Tuesday, September 27, 2022 9:30:34 PM MDT

Wildfire Incident Report

Fire, Weather & Avalanche Center
La Grande, OR, USA
Incident #
FWAC Incident ID
Incident Name
Elmo Fire
Last Updated
Sunday, September 18, 2022 8:01 AM MDT
(1 week ago)
Fire Reported
Friday, July 29, 2022 10:00 AM MDT
(2 months ago)
Incident Type
26.8 miles SSW of Kalispell, MT
Current Weather

Fire Growth Potential
Fire Weather Forecast
Incident Overview

The Elmo Fire was detected along Highway 28 on July 29, 2022, at approximately 4:30 PM. Although local Volunteer Fire Departments and Missoula Smokejumpers responded quickly, the fire grew significantly in the first few hours, prompting the initial evacuation of residences. The Northern Rockies Team 7 Type 2 Incident Management Team took over management of the Elmo Fire at 6 AM on Sunday, July 31, 2022.

Persistent fire weather (high temperatures and strong winds) pushed the fire north and east, requiring the need for further evacuations. Eight total structures were lost, including four primary residences. Over the last week, cooler temperatures and reduction in winds enabled firefighters to make consistent gains in containment. Northern Rockies Team 7 will transfer command of the fires to a Type 3 Incident Management Team lead by Incident Commander Ian Morgan at 6 AM on Sunday, August 14, 2022.

Incident Type
Under Investigation
Date of Origin
Friday July 29th, 2022 approx. 04:00 PM
Elmo, MT
Incident Commander
Trasitioned from Type 3 to Type 4 local organization
Incident Description
47.818, -114.507
Total Personnel
Size (Acres)
Estimated Containment Date
Saturday August 20th, 2022 approx. 12:00 PM
Fuels Involved
Short Grass
Tall Grass
Timber (Grass and Understory)

Fuel moisture, both live and dead, is very low. Forbes and ground cover at mid-slope and below is nearly cured.
Planned Actions
Crews continue patrolling and mopping up along containment lines. The public will continue to see some interior smoke, fire crews are patrolling those areas.
Incident Contact
Elmo Fire Information
Email: 2022.elmo2@firenet.gov
Phone: 406-818-5200
Hours: 7:00 am to 9:00 am and 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Fire Unit Information
Flathead Agency
Bureau of Indian Affairs
PO Box 40 Pablo Montana 59855
Pablo, MT 59855
Incident Map

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