Monahan Fire

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Monahan Fire


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Approximate Location

47.273 latitude, -113.138 longitude

Incident Overview

Jumbo Lookout wrapped, September 9th, 2017

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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. All area closures remain in place.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning/ Natural
Date of OriginSunday July 16th, 2017 approx. 05:30 PM
LocationPowell County
Incident CommanderPatrick Ahrnsbrak
Incident DescriptionThe Fire Management Strategy Is 75% Monitor And 25% Point Protection

Current Situation

Total Personnel4
Size3,613 Acres
Estimated Containment DateSunday October 01st, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

The fire is burning in timber(grass and understory), short grass, subalpine fir, and in heavy dead and down woody fuel.

Significant Events

On-the-ground personnel continue to see smoke along the northeast section of the fire, despite cooler temperatures and some recent precipitation. Personnel remain at Jumbo Lookout and Danaher Cabin for fire monitoring.


Planned Actions

Reconnaissance by air to monitor fire activity will continue. Structure protection equipment and supplies are in place for cabins and storage shed. Trapline and communication with outfitters and guides in the wilderness will continue.

Projected Incident Activity

Aerial, lookout and ground reconnaissance. Continued structure protection.


Trail closures in place. Area closures in place due to the Rice Ridge Fire.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Cooler temps and increased precipitation are expected to resume early this week.

Unit Information

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

Incident Contacts

Spotted Bear Ranger Station, Flathead N.F.
Phone: 406-758-5376
Hours: 7 days a week, 0800-1630
Seeley Lake Ranger Station, Lolo N.F.
Phone: 406-677-2233
Hours: M-F, 0800-1630
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