Wildfire Incident Information
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Fire Status
ACTIVE
Last Updated
16 mins, 52 secs ago
Fire Start
Monday, August 22, 2022 4:07 PM MDT
Incident #
2022-MTFNF-000567
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Fuels
Brush Timber
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US Forest Service — Flathead National Forest

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Incident Overview

Inciweb information was updated: 4 days ago

Incident Photo for the Margaret Fire

The Margaret Fire was detected by Baptiste Lookout on August 22, 2022 (correction from the original reporting stating the fire was detected by aircraft). The wildfire is burning on the ridge north of Margaret Lake, it is on the upper third of the slope on steep rocky terrain.

As of September 23, rain totals over the fire amounted to 0.98 inches and fire activity is primarily smoldering. The minimal fire activity is along the Forest Creek Road (FS Road 895E). On the Forest Creek side the fire continues to creep to the south and east towards old cutting units; these units appear to be acting as a barrier to fire spread. On the north side, above Graves Bay, the fire has backed to within 15 feet of the West Side Reservoir Road (FS 895). Fire personnel have been in the area every day to continue assessing fire growth in relation to values at risk and update public information.

Given the fire location, steep rocky terrain, and limited access, the strategy will be point protection of values at risk. An official Area, Road, and Trail Closure has been posted effective 9/9/2022. Hungry Horse Ranger District will continue to patrol this fire from the ground and air, keep the public informed on changes in fire activity, and evaluate the need for additional trail, road, and area closures.

Basic Incident Details

Incident Type
Wildfire
Cause
Lightning
Date of Origin
Monday, August 22, 2022 12:00 AM MDT
Location
13 miles E of Bigfork, MT
Incident Commander
Type 4 Incident Commander: Reid, Milne Trainee
Coordinates
48.1, -113.808

Current Situation

Total Personnel
8
Size (Acres)
1,554
Estimated Containment
Monday, October 31, 2022 12:00 AM MDT
Fuels Involved
Timber with understory litter and brush.
Significant Events
Minimal fire activity, smoldering

Planned Outlook

Planned Actions
Fire personnel will continue to patrol the fire from ground and air and keep the public informed on changes in fire activity.
Remarks
This will be the last daily update unless significant changes occur.

Weather Synopsis

Weather Concerns
Today, after the 9/22/22 rain event the fire received 0.98 inches of precipitation. High pressure is expected to build over the fire area through at least mid-week.

Fire Incident Contact

Incident Contact
Hungry Horse Ranger Station
Phone: 406-387-3800
Hours: Mon - Fri 8:00a - 4:30p
Fire Unit Information
Flathead National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
650 Wolfpack Way
Kalispell, MT 59901

Dispatch Center Contact

Kalispell Interagency Dispatch Center (MT-KIC)

Kalispell, MT

406-758-5260

https://gacc.nifc.gov/nrcc/dc/mtkic/