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Fire Status
Last Updated
14 mins, 28 secs ago
Fire Start
Monday, August 29, 2022 3:22 PM MDT
Incident #
Brush Timber
Dispatch Notes
Primary Fire Agency

US Forest Service — Bitterroot National Forest

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Current Weather

Fire Growth Potential

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Incident Overview

Inciweb information was updated: 2 days ago

Incident Photo for the Mill Lake Fire

The Mill Lake Fire started by lightning on August 29th, located approx. two miles east of Mill Lake and eight miles west of the Mill Creek Trailhead.

Fire behavior and activity on the Mill Lake up Mill Canyon west of Corvallis increased September 3rd due to hot, dry, and breezy conditions. The fire is burning into a heavy fuel component (timber) on the north side of Mill Canyon. Pushed by strong westerly winds, the fire made a one mile run with spotting occurring up to 3/4 mile ahead of the main fire.

Due to the difficult terrain and no landing locations for a helicopter, the fire is not currently staffed. The steep and rugged terrain combined with the presence of snag trees, limits the ability to safely place firefighters directly on the fire at this time.

There is a road closure and several trail closures for public safety.

On September 14, 2022 Northern Rockies IMT 1 under Incident Commander Doug Turman took command of the Incident

The Incident was turned over to a local Type III team on Friday Sept 23, 2022. Trail closures remain in effect.

Basic Incident Details

Incident Type
Date of Origin
Monday, August 29, 2022 2:00 PM MDT
7 miles west of Pinesdale MT
Incident Commander
Type III Seth Carbonari IC
46.312, -114.411

Current Situation

Total Personnel
Size (Acres)
Fuels Involved
Down heavy fuels in the understory.
Significant Events
Mill Lake: Creeping and smoldering behavior

Blodgett Lake: Heavy dead and down and cured shrubs. Creeping and smoldering behavior

Planned Outlook

Planned Actions
Continue to scout indirect fire line opportunities. Prep the 438 Sheafman Road from Cow Creek Trailhead to Sheafman Trailhead. Continue fuels prep/reduction from Cow Creek Trailhead along the private land down to and including Mill Creek Trailhead.
Projected Incident Activity
12 Hours: Creeping and smoldering fire behavior.
24 Hours: Creeping and Smoldering fire behavior.
A Type III incident management team took over Blodgett Lake, Mill Lake, Big Creek, Bear Creek, and Kootenai Creek Fires on Friday, Sept 23, 2022.

Weather Synopsis

Weather Concerns
Hot dry conditions return with critical fire weather potential.

Fire Incident Contact

Incident Contact
Fire Information
Email: 2022.blodgetlake@firenet.gov
Phone: 406 426-9612
Fire Unit Information
Bitterroot National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1801 North 1st Hamilton Montana 59840
Hamilton, MT 59840

Dispatch Center Contact

Bitterroot Dispatch Center (MT-BRC)

Hamilton, MT