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Margaret Fire

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Unit Information

650 Wolfpack Way 
650 Wolfpack Way 

Incident Contacts

Hungry Horse Ranger Station
Phone: 406-387-3800
Hours: Mon - Fri 8:00a - 4:30p

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 Information
Current as of Fri, 09/23/2022 - 13:06
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning
Date of Origin
Location 13 miles E of Bigfork, MT
Incident Commander Type 4 Incident Commander: Reid, Milne Trainee
Coordinates 48° 6' 1'' Latitude
-113° 48'
'' Longitude
Current Situation
Total Personnel: 8
Size 1,554 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 0%
Estimated Containment Date 2022-10-31 00:00:00
Fuels Involved

Timber with understory litter and brush.

Significant Events

Minimal fire activity, smoldering

Planned Actions

Fire personnel will continue to patrol the fire from ground and air and keep the public informed on changes in fire activity.


This will be the last daily update unless significant changes occur.

Current Weather
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.

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