(This incident will only be updated in the event of significant change in fire behavior or acreage)
The lightning-caused Chute Creek fire was detected August 13 in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness 8 miles southeast of Elk Summit Guard Station and 2.5 miles west of Blodgett Lake. The Nez Perce-Clearwater and Bitterroot National Forests are working together in the long-term management and strategy of the fire.
All closures related to the Chute Creek Fire have been rescinded.
Forest and Fire Management Staff considered the long-term effects of smoke in their decision to manage fires in the wilderness and roadless areas. Fire managers are working with air quality specialists to monitor smoke and potential impacts to communities. In addition to smoke impacts, values at risk, availability of resources, and location were considered in determining suppression actions of fires not threatening communities.
|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Sunday August 13th, 2017 approx. 09:00 AM|
|Location||2.5 miles west of Blodgett Lake, 16.7 miles west of Hamilton, Montana|
|Incident Commander||Type 4 IC|
|Estimated Containment Date||Monday October 02nd, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM|
Timber (Grass and understory
Short Grass (1 foot)
|Projected Incident Activity|
Continued movement, east and north
Hot and dry