Burdette Fire

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Burdette Fire


Approximate Location

46.866 latitude, -114.624 longitude

Incident Overview

July 16 fire behavior

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7-22-2017 PM UPDATE: Burdette Fire At 6am Shawn Pearson's Northern Rockies Type 2 Incident Management Team assumed command of the fire. It is 400 acres in size and located about 13 miles southeast of Tarkio and about two miles east of the South Fork Fish Creek drainage on the Ninemile Ranger District. The predominant tree cover in this area is lodgepole pine. Land ownership within and adjacent to the fire primarily includes USFS and Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP). There is some private land ownership in the Wig Creek area. The fire is being monitored by air due to the fire’s remoteness and limited forest road access. Access by ground is presently under assessment by fire managers. Future suppression efforts would be aligned with Inventory Roadless Area values. This approach would also minimize fire suppression impacts to FWP lands. Firefighter and public safety remains the highest priority.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginSunday July 16th, 2017 approx. 04:00 PM
Location13 miles southeast of Tarkio, MT on the Ninemile Ranger District
Incident CommanderDoug Turman's Northern Rockies National Incident Management Team

Current Situation

Total Personnel2
Size649 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained70%
Estimated Containment DateSaturday September 30th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber (Litter and Understory)

Closed Timber Litter

Lodgepole pine and mixed conifer stands. High fuel loading in the heavy dead and down category.

Significant Events

Fire activity is minimal with creeping and smoldering.

Heavy fuels continue to smolder till full consumption. Roll-out is still a threat.


Planned Actions

The northeast corner remains uncontrolled. An excavator will continue building the indirect line north east of the fire.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours: Suppression efforts and favorable conditions have slowed fire growth. Fair humidity recovery.

24 hours: Suppression efforts and favorable conditions have slowed down fire growth. Dry conditions are forecasted.


Crews have made good progress in securing the perimeter on the fire.

The potential for fire movement has significantly decreased, except toward the northeast. Gusty southwest winds will test the firelines today. Turman's Type 1 IMT is managing both the Sunrise and Burdette Fires. All new overhead costs are added to the Sunrise Fire.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Temperatures near normal. Relative humidity 14-18%. Winds out of the southwest, gusty on ridges. Humidity recovery is expected to be fair. Dry air, with near normal temperatures is expected through the week. No wetting rain has been forecast.

Unit Information

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

Incident Contact

Fire Information
Email: sunriseburdettefireinfo@gmail.com
Phone: 406-822-9084
Hours: M-Su 7am-9pm

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