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Fire Status
Last Updated
5 hours, 53 mins ago
Fire Start
Friday, July 29, 2022 10:00 AM MDT
Incident #
Primary Fire Agency

National Wildfire Coordinating Group

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Current Weather

Fire Growth Potential

Fire Weather Forecast

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Incident Overview

Inciweb information was updated: 6 days ago

Incident Photo for the Elmo Fire

NOTICE - 8:30 PM 8.4.22

Evening Update: High winds and low humidity increased fire activity on the northern sections of the Elmo Fire as expected. Crews positioned south of Lake Mary Ronan were successful in limiting fire growth as scooper planes dropped approximately 600,000 gallons of water to slow the fire approaching the lake from the ridge. This allowed crews to improve the control lines and secure sections of the fire edge while also mitigating and preparing around structures.

NOTICE - 10:00 AM 8.4.22

Per Lake County Sheriff's Office, Lake Mary Ronan Road is CLOSED to ALL traffic for fire personnel to safely conduct operations.

Please note: The Solid Waste Transfer Station located on Lake Mary Ronan Road is CLOSED. Area residents will not be allowed past the road block to access the transfer station.

UPDATE 4:00 PM 8.3.22

The fire has been very active on the north end, just south of Lake Mary Ronan, with a high potential for the fire to reach the lake by this evening.

The Lake County Sheriff's Office has requested residents who have not heeded to the Evacuation Order for County Road 352 (Lake Mary Ronan Road) and along the perimeter of Lake Mary Ronan to do so. Potential spotting over County Road 352 may impede egress over the next couple days.

UPDATE 6:30 PM 8.2.22

CHANGE IN EVACUATIONS: The Lake County Sheriff expanded the Evacuation Orderto include all residents residing north and south of County Rd 352 (Lake Mary Ronan Road) and all residents who live along Lake Mary Ronan. All prior evacuation orders are still effect.

Pre-evacuation warnings
are still in effect for residences east and south of Hwy 93 between intersections with Hwy 28 and Lake Mary Ronan Road.

For information on Red Cross Evacuation Centersat Polson High School and Somers Middle School please call 1-800-272-6668, then select Option 1 for the Duty Officer.

Road closures:
Lake Mary Ronan Road is closed.

Power Outages: Mission Valley Power shut off power at Black Lake Road, the Proctor Club house, and Hog Heaven at the request of Lake County Emergency Management and expected to remain off through Tuesday. The situation will be reassessed Wednesday morning.

The Elmo Fire started on July 29th, 2022 off of Highway 28 around mile marker 39, west of Elmo, MT. The fire started in grass and made its way into the timber north of Highway 28.

Basic Incident Details

Incident Type
Under Investigation
Date of Origin
Friday, July 29, 2022 4:00 PM MDT
Elmo, MT
Incident Commander
John Thompson, Northern Rockies Team 7
Incident Description
47.818, -114.507

Current Situation

Total Personnel
Size (Acres)
Estimated Containment
Saturday, August 20, 2022 12:00 PM MDT
Fuels Involved
Short Grass
Tall Grass
Timber (Grass and Understory)

Planned Outlook

Planned Actions
Scout and construct direct line to minimize fire perimeter size using aviation resources to keep fire spread in check. Continue protection in the Lake Mary Ronan corridor.
Projected Incident Activity
Active fire behavior with aggressive fire spread expected in exposed areas of timber fuels on moderate and steep slopes. Group tree torching and upslope crown runs are expected with short range spotting.

Weather Synopsis

Weather Concerns
Hot and dry today with gusty afternoon winds associated with a passing dry cold front. Poor overnight humidity recovery expected. Warm and dry for the weekend with NE winds. No precipitation in foreseeable future.

Fire Incident Contact

Incident Contact
Elmo Fire Information
Email: 2022.elmo2@firenet.gov
Phone: 406-818-5200
Hours: 7:00 am to 7:00 pm
Fire Unit Information
Flathead Agency
Bureau of Indian Affairs
PO Box 40 Pablo Montana 59855
Pablo, MT 59855