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Copper King Fire

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Lolo National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
24 Fort Missoula Road
Missoula, MT 59804

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Fire Information
Phone: 406-826-4345
Hours: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm daily

Highlighted Activity

09/13/2016 Road Closure Changes Surrounding Copper King Fire
An area closure surrounding the Copper King Fire is still in effect for lands, trails, and many roads administered by the USDA Forest Service, Montana DNRC, Sanders County, and Weyerhaeuser....
Announcement - 09/13/2016
Map of Copper King Fire perimeter, as well as current road closures, as of September 13, 2016Image options: [ Full Size ]

Copper King Fire UpdateFriday, September 16, 2016, 10:00 a.m.Fire Information: 406-826-4345Email:

Location: Eight miles east of Thompson Falls, north of Highway 200.Incident Command: The Copper King Fire is currently being managed by Scott Schrenk’s Type 3 Incident Management Team out of the local district office in Plains.
Fire Status: Much of the fire’s perimeter is considered secure containment line now. Where containment lines are no longer necessary (around much of the southern, western, and northern portions of the fire area) significant suppression repair has been completed. Erosion control on fire lines no longer necessary for control, slash and debris removal along the ACM road, and road grading have nearly been completed. As a result, many personnel are being demobilized.Although some precipitation has occurred over the fire area, conditions are not considered “season-ending” and a very slight potential still exists for fire spread if conditions dry out. Along the southeastern fire edge, in the west side of the Munson Creek drainage, fire lines and contingency lines will remain in place until fire control is assured. Moisture is expected to return Saturday night which, if significant, may allow fire management to rescind closures that have been in place for some time.
Road closures in the fire area will remain in effect: ACM Road from Highway 200 to the 17-mile bridgeCalico Creek Road- FSR875. Weeksville/Todd Creek Road- FSR887, from the junction of Highway 200 north to its junction with the Little Thompson River Road. Condition assessments will be ongoing to determine fire spread potential, the need for road and area closures, as well as the need for fire lines and continued closures in Munson Creek. A Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team has been assessing the potential fire effects on hydrology, soils, and vegetation and whether measures are warranted to protect life and property.
This will be the last fire update unless significant fire activity occurs or closure orders are modified.Air Operations: A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) has been lifted for the fire area, although occasional helicopter work may still be conducted. Pilots should check with the FAA or your local flight service station before flying near the fire.
Area and Road Closures: A closure surrounding the fire area is still in effect for lands, trails and roads administered by the USDA Forest Service, Montana DNRC, Sanders County and Weyerhaeuser. The area is described as:East of ACM Road from its junction with County Road 56 (Thompson River Rd) near Hwy 200 to 17-Mile bridgeNorth of private property boundaries on Hwy 200 from FSR887 to County Road 56West of Weeksville/Todd Creek Road- FSR887 from Hwy 200 north to its junction with the Little Thompson River Road, FSR7575, West of FSR7575 north of its junction with FSR887 to the 17-mile bridge.
Please see Inciweb for details and maps pertaining to the closure. The implemented closure is temporary and will be assessed regularly among the jurisdictions involved. The order will be modified or rescinded when conditions allow.Access Information: Depending upon the land ownership in question, contact the Lolo National Forest Plains Ranger District at (406) 826-4345, the Plains Unit of the DNRC at (406) 826-4724, Weyerhaeuser at (406) 892-6238, or the Montana FWP Kalispell office at (406) 752-5501.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginSunday July 31st, 2016 approx. 04:30 PM
LocationThe junction of the Thompson and Clark Fork Rivers.
Incident CommanderScott Schrenk's Type 3 IMT
Incident DescriptionCause Under Investigation.
Coordinates47.6 latitude, -115.185 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel219
Size28,553 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained80%
Estimated Containment DateMonday October 31st, 2016 approx. 08:00 PM
Fuels Involved

Timber (Grass and Understory)

Timber (Litter and Understory)

Significant Events

Minimal. Smoldering


Planned Actions

Finishing up any repair of identified contingency and control lines. Monitor and patrol all divisions. Move any slash left along roadways to designated areas.

Projected Incident Activity

With the current and anticipated weather along with the time of the season, no significant movement or spread of the fire is predicted. There may be some isolated fire activity in some of the steep areas with no containment

lines, but there would have to be a significant warm and dry spell for any real movement of the fire.


Transfer of command to a Type 3 organization occurred Tuesday, Sept 13 at 0700. The Level 1 evacuation order and the closure order on the Little Thompson River Road have been lifted. All other restrictions remain in effect. The TFR has been lifted.