Blue Bay Fire

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Blue Bay Fire


Red Flag Warning In effect Until 9PM Tonight
Confederated Salish & Kootenai Division of Fire News Release For Immediate Release September 3, 2017Red Flag Warning In Effect Until 9PM Tonight POLSON, Mont. – The Red Flag Warning issued by the.. more


Approximate Location

47.832 latitude, -114.006 longitude

Incident Overview

Photo of a hotel sign in Polson, MT thanking firefighters for their work.

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Blue Bay Fire acreage remains 490 acres; containment is 80 percent. Aircraft continue to play a critical role in firefighting efforts due to steep and inaccessible terrain. Helicopters continue dropping water to cool hot spots, and slow the fire’s growth and provide safer conditions for firefighters constructing fireline. Firefighters will continue to burn out unburned pockets of vegetation as necessary to secure the fire edge. A BAER (Burned Area Emergency Response) Team is examining the fire area and developing a plan for how to mitigate the potential negative after-effects of wildland fires.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginThursday August 10th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM
Location10 air miles northeast of Polson, MT
Incident CommanderMcCrea
Incident DescriptionWildfire

Current Situation

Total Personnel70
Size490 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained80%
Estimated Containment DateSaturday September 09th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber (grass, litter, and understory), and closed timber litter.

Significant Events

Minimal fire behavior. Single tree torching, creeping, and smoldering observed.


Planned Actions

Work hot spots near lines and interior.

Projected Incident Activity



Firefighters will continue to secure firelines. Human exposure to falling snags and trees in burned areas will be minimized.

Homes and other outbuildings are approximately 1/2 mile from the fire and are not immediately threatened.

Concerned citizens are encouraged to understand Ready.Set.Go measures and to work with the Lake County Disaster Emergency Services to prepare for and learn about evacuation notices.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Hot and dry weather in the forecast.

Unit Information

Flathead Agency
PO Box 40 Pablo Montana 59855
Pablo, MT 59855

Incident Contacts

Devlin Lafrombois
Phone: 406-370-4125
C.T. Camel
Phone: 406-676-2550
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