Wildfire Incident Information
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Fire Status
Last Updated
7 mins, 5 secs ago
Fire Start
Saturday, September 3, 2022 3:00 PM 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: 2 days ago

Incident Photo for the Boulder Lake Fire

The Boulder Lake Fire was reported on Sept. 3, 2022, and is burning primarily in the Rattlesnake Wilderness, east of Boulder Lake on the Missoula Ranger District. A Point-Zone Protection strategy is being utilized in the Wilderness. This strategy protects highly valued resources (such as buildings, infrastructure, or recreational assets) from the fire, utilizing various natural and geographic features (past wildfires, trails, rock, and cliff bands) while protecting other values consistent with the Rattlesnake Wilderness. Additionally, fire managers will be utilizing a confine and contain suppression strategy to engage the eastern and southeastern flanks of the fire outside of the Wilderness. Containment opportunities may include existing burn scars, natural barriers, and road systems.

Firefighters are patrolling and monitoring the fire via air and from vantage points on the ground and utilizing fuel moisture measurements, field weather observations, and fire models to inform the suppression strategy.

Fire Information is posted at the following locations:

  • Main Rattlesnake Trailhead
  • Rattlesnake Horse Trailhead
  • Gold Creek Road near Highway 200

NEW UPDATE! CLOSURES: The Area Closure has been lifted. Please exercise caution when entering a burned area as hazards exist.

Basic Incident Details

Incident Type
Date of Origin
Saturday, September 3, 2022 9:00 PM MDT
Missoula Ranger District
Incident Commander
Type 4 Incident Command
Incident Description
47.071, -113.82

Current Situation

Total Personnel
Size (Acres)
Fuels Involved
Mixed conifer, subalpine fir predominant. Heavy dead and down trees with overhead hazards (snag trees).
Significant Events
Smoke may be visible from Missoula, Seeley Lake, Highway 200, and Arlee.

Planned Outlook

Planned Actions
Cool weather and higher humidity are anticipated through the rest of the week (9/19-9/23) with a chance of precipitation mid-week.

Crews will continue to patrol the fire area through the week. The area closure remains in place for public safety.

The south flank of the fire is still producing light smoke, smoldering in heavy dead/down fuels. The Gold Creek Cabin remains unburned.

Fire Incident Contact

Incident Contact
Missoula Ranger District
Email: SM.FS.r1_lolo_www@usda.gov
Phone: 406-329-3814
Hours: 9:00 a.m.- 3:30 p.m., M-F
Fire Unit Information
Lolo National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
24 Fort Missoula Road
Missoula, MT 59804