All area and trail closures have been lifted. Please use caution in recently burned areas. This is the final update.
The Monahan Fire was reported at approximately 5:30pm on Sunday July, 16th. The incident is located between Monahan Mountain on the Lolo National Forest and Little Apex Mountain on the Flathead National Forest. The fire is being managed for resource benefit including allowing the fire to play its natural ecological role with consideration for public and firefighter safety and point protection of historic resources and trail infrastructure. The Flathead National Forest, based out of the Spotted Bear Ranger District office, assumed responsibility for the management of the fire on July 23rd at 8pm.
Cooler temperatures and some precipitation have resulted in minimal fire activity reported over the last few days, however, smoke continues to be observed. Moisture received has been very inconsistent across the area. Fire activity continues to be monitored by on-the-ground resources and aerial recon as weather permits.
Morning smoke was reported by Jumbo Lookout, with smoke lessening by the afternoon. The aerial observer confirmed smoke on the northeast portion of the fire. Trail assessment and rehab continues within the area. Personnel continue to monitor the eastern portion of the fire from Danaher Cabin.
|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Sunday July 16th, 2017 approx. 05:30 PM|
|Incident Commander||Unit Duty Officer|
|Incident Description||The Fire Management Strategy Is 75% Monitor And 25% Point Protection|
|Coordinates||47.273 latitude, -113.138 longitude|
|Estimated Containment Date||Sunday October 01st, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM|
The fire is burning in timber(grass and understory), short grass, subalpine fir, and in heavy dead and down woody fuel.
Minimal, backing, flanking isolated torching.
Reconnaissance by air to monitor fire activity will continue. Trapline and communication with outfitters and guides in the wilderness will continue. Fire restrictions have been lifted and trail closures are being evaluated.
|Projected Incident Activity|
All area and trail closures have been lifted. Please use caution in recently burned areas.
Cooler temps and increased precipitation are expected to resume early this week.