Sapphire Complex-Little Hogback

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Sapphire Complex-Little Hogback


9-22-2017 Sapphire-Little Hogback area update
Meyers and Sapphire Complex Fires Update Friday, September 22, 2017 Fire Information Line: (406) 859-3211 Email: Inciweb: more


Approximate Location

46.563 latitude, -113.634 longitude

Incident Overview

Sapphire Complex Map for September 14, 2017

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The complex includes parts of the Lolo National Forest and the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest. The fires burned in steep, rocky terrain between the Rock Creek Road and Upper Willow Creek drainage. Approximately thirty-five residences along Upper Rock Creek Road, from Stony Creek, north up to and including Wild Rose Lane were impacted. No residencies have been lost. See Sapphire Complex daily updates and maps for more information.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginMonday July 24th, 2017 approx. 03:18 PM
Location25 miles east of Missoula, south of I-90 in the Rock Creek drainage.
Incident CommanderType 3-Jesse Kurpius/Dave Williams

Current Situation

Total Personnel51
Size43,733 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained90%
Estimated Containment DateTuesday October 31st, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

The fire is primarily burning within mixed conifer stands dominated by lodgepole pine, Douglas-fir and subalpine fir with a moderate dead/down component from beetle kill. Standing dead bug killed timber is 20-40%. ERC for today was 10. 1000 hour fuels are at 16%. Fine dead fuels were calculated at 17%.

Significant Events

Minimal, smoldering. Smoldering in the duff and heavy fuels under dense canopies or other sheltered conditions.


Planned Actions

Goat Creek will continue suppression repair as weather and road conditions will allow.

Sliderock: Monitor by air as needed.

Little Hogback: Continue with suppression repair on DIV N/O/P from DP62 south to DP58

Div Z-Pull all hose and flagging in division. Pull all equipment out of all subdivisions.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours: Smoldering will persist under dense canopies in heavy fuels and deep duff.

24 hours: Minimal fire activity due to cold temperatures and past precipitation.

48 hours: Minimal fire activity.

72 hours: No change

Anticipated after 72 hours: No change.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

The first of several cold fronts will move across the area on today with snow levels starting around 8500 feet early afternoon then dropping rapidly to 4500-5000 feet.

A series of storm systems will continue to move across western Montana through the weekend with wet, cold, and windy conditions.

Unit Information

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

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