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Tamarack Fire

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Management of the Tamarack Fire will be Dave Poukish's Type 3 team beginning 6 a.m. Thursday Aug 23. It is approaching full containment with mop up nearly to the DNRC standards. Updates may be less frequent unless there is significant fire activity.

The Tamarack and Peoples Creek Fires were detected on August 12, 2017 by a reconnaissance flight over the area at approximately 7:45am. The fires were caused by lightning associated with a storm that rolled through the area Friday evening. The Tamarack Fire was first sized up at 10-15 acres but grew to 300 acres within the first 24 hours.

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Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginSaturday August 12th, 2017 approx. 07:45 AM
LocationLocated 9 miles NE of Happy's Inn, MT.
Incident CommanderDiane Hutton T2 IMT; DNRC-Libby Unit
Coordinates48.223 latitude, -115.09 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel162
Size407 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained80%
Fuels Involved

Timber (litter and understory), Heavy dead and down and jackpots. Areas of open grass, snags.

Significant Events

Minimal fire behavior with isolated torching, creeping and smoldering. Heavy dead and down and jackpots. Areas of open grass. Snags.


Planned Actions

Continue with mop up and patrol.

Projected Incident Activity

Due to winds associated with the cold front and thunderstorms , the interior fire activity will continue.


Wednesday is a shadow day with the incoming Type 3 IMT. Close out with agency occurred today at 1600. The Type 3 will take over command of the fire at 0600 tomorrow. The Kootenai National Forest updated the WFDSS today. Road closure continues to be in effect. Two Type 2IA crews will be needed to replace two crews timing out by 8/26.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Wednesday is hot, dry, and unstable ahead of an approaching cold front. Light shower and thunderstorm activity will be on the increase Wednesday night, with a cold frontal passage early Thursday morning. Gusty southwest winds will pick up behind the front, but humidity will be higher and temperatures will be cooler. Friday dry air will quickly return to the area, making for lowered humidity.

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