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Elmo Fire

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Unit Information

PO Box 40 Pablo Montana 59855 
PO Box 40 Pablo Montana 59855 

Incident Contacts

Elmo Fire Information
Phone: 406-818-5200
Hours: 7:00 am to 9:00 am and 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

The Elmo Fire was detected along Highway 28 on July 29, 2022, at approximately 4:30 PM. Although local Volunteer Fire Departments and Missoula Smokejumpers responded quickly, the fire grew significantly in the first few hours, prompting the initial evacuation of residences. The Northern Rockies Team 7 Type 2 Incident Management Team took over management of the Elmo Fire at 6 AM on Sunday, July 31, 2022. 

Persistent fire weather (high temperatures and strong winds) pushed the fire north and east, requiring the need for further evacuations. Eight total structures were lost, including four primary residences. Over the last week, cooler temperatures and reduction in winds enabled firefighters to make consistent gains in containment. Northern Rockies Team 7 will transfer command of the fires to a Type 3 Incident Management Team lead by Incident Commander Ian Morgan at 6 AM on Sunday, August 14, 2022. 

Basic Information
Current as of Fri, 08/19/2022 - 05:35
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Under Investigation
Date of Origin
Location Elmo, MT
Incident Commander Trasitioned from Type 3 to Type 4 local organization
Incident Description Wildfire
Coordinates 47° 49' 6'' Latitude
-114° 30'
'' Longitude
Current Situation
Total Personnel: 40
Size 21,349 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 78%
Estimated Containment Date 2022-08-20 12:00:00
Fuels Involved

Short Grass
Tall Grass
Timber (Grass and Understory)

Fuel moisture, both live and dead, is very low. Forbes and ground cover at mid-slope and below is nearly cured.

Planned Actions

Crews continue patrolling and mopping up along containment lines. The public will continue to see some interior smoke, fire crews are patrolling those areas.