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Fire Status
Last Updated
47 mins, 53 secs ago
Fire Start
Friday, September 2, 2022 2:50 PM MDT
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Primary Fire Agency

National Wildfire Coordinating Group

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Fire Weather Forecast

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Incident Overview

Inciweb information was updated: 1 day, 2 hours ago

Incident Photo for the Bull Gin Complex Fire


Management of the Bull Gin Complex is transitioning to a Type 3 incident management team as of 1800 today, 9/26. Updates will be released every other day. Today crews focus on mop-up, suppression repair, and completion work on the Bull Gin complex. Fire activity is expected to increase slightly through mid-week due to warmer temperatures and lower relative humidity. These conditions may result in a higher ignition probability, but the fires will likely remain low intensity. Fire behavior specialists expect the fire to continue creeping and smoldering toward established control lines. Temporary flight restrictions were lifted yesterday, September 25.

Public Resources:

· Daily Fire Updates can be accessed here or through the News tab in the blue bar located in the upper portion of this page.

· A variety ofmaps are added daily to the Maps section in the blue bar in the upper portion of this page, or via this direct link.

· Public meetings may occur in the coming days. Announcements for additional public meetings are posted on Bull Gin Fire Inciweb home page and on the Kootenai National Forest Facebook page.

Fire History:
The Bull Gin Complex is comprised of three wildland fires including the Government Fire, the Billiard Fire, and the Isabella Lake Fire. These fires were the result of the lightning storm activity on August 31, 2022. On September 2, the fires were combined into the Bull Gin Complex.

Basic Incident Details

Incident Type
Date of Origin
Friday, September 2, 2022 8:50 PM MDT
2 Miles NE of Heron, Mt.
Incident Commander
Northern Rockies Team 2
Incident Description
48.087, -115.826

Current Situation

Total Personnel
Size (Acres)
Estimated Containment
Monday, October 31, 2022 6:00 PM MDT
Fuels Involved
Timber (Litter and Understory)
Significant Events
Fire behavior observed: Minimal creeping and smoldering.

The moisture from recent rains is beginning to dry out. The primary carrier of heat continues to be dry, dead trees under dense canopy timber. Living vegetation continues to dry out, becoming more available to burn.
Projected Incident Activity
12 Hours: Minimal fire activity. Light winds during the day with good humidity recovery.

24 Hours: Sunny, warm, dry conditions will produce smoke in hotter fire areas. Sheltered fuels will continue to smolder.

48 Hours: Hotter, drier conditions will increase fire activity on south-facing slopes. Heavy fuels will continue to smolder and creep, while exposed smaller fuels will burn. Cloud cover will increase overnight.
Government Fire 2,773 acres; 26% completed

Billiard Fire 1,202 acres; 45% completed

Isabella Lake Fire 290 acres; 90% completed

Weather Synopsis

Weather Concerns
The warming and drying trend continues in the area of the Bull Gin Complex. Warm, sunny weather continued through the afternoon with highs in the upper-60s to mid-70s. The area experienced light, terrain-driven winds. Relative humidity values were between 22 and 30 percent.

A ridge of dry, high pressure will bring warmer weather to the area through tomorrow, Tuesday. Cloud cover and humidity will likely increase Wednesday, with a chance of light showers over the fire area.

Fire Incident Contact

Incident Contact
Public Information
Email: 2022.bullgin@firenet.gov
Phone: 406-426-9644
Hours: 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM (7 days a week)
Fire Unit Information
Kootenai National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
31374 US Hwy 2 Libby Montana 59923
Libby, MT 59923