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Sapphire Complex-Little Hogback

Unit Information

Lolo National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Missoula, MT 59804

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Sapphire Complex Map for September 14, 2017Image options: [ Full Size ]

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.

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
Coordinates46.563 latitude, -113.634 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel2
Size43,733 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Estimated Containment DateTuesday October 31st, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber (Litter and Understory); closed timber litter; short grass (1 foot).

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%.

Significant Events

Minimal and smoldering fire behavior is observed. Significant weather pattern changes with multiple rounds of precipitation have drastically reduced any potential for fire behavior.


Planned Actions

Little Hogback will continue suppression repair as weather and road conditions will allow.

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

Snow levels and precipitation are impacting suppression repair efforts on higher elevation portions of the fires.