Dolly Varden Fire

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Dolly Varden Fire


Approximate Location

48.012 latitude, -113.178 longitude

Incident Overview

Bob Marshall Wilderness Closure Map 9-21-2017

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All area and trail closures have been lifted. Please use caution in recently burned areas. This is the final update.

The Dolly Varden Fire was reported at approximately 7:30pm on Tuesday, August 15th. The incident is located 5½ miles southeast of Schafer Meadows Work Center, above Dolly Varden Creek, in the Great Bear Wilderness 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 fire fighter safety, point protection of historic resources and trail infrastructure. The fire is being managed by the Spotted Bear Ranger District.


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. No update in acreage has been established. The fire has not crossed Dolly Varden Creek. The fire is being monitored by crews from Schafer Meadows Work Center.

The area closure around the Dolly Varden Fire has been lifted, please see the maps tab for the updated closure area. Fire restrictions on the Flathead National Forest have been lifted.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning/ Natural
Date of OriginTuesday August 15th, 2017 approx. 07:30 PM
LocationDolly Varden Creek/Chair Mountain in the Great Bear Wilderness
Incident CommanderDuty Officer
Incident DescriptionThe Fire Management Strategy Is 85% Monitor And 15% Point Protection.

Current Situation

Total Personnel4
Size378 Acres
Estimated Containment DateWednesday November 01st, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber (litter and understory), heavy timber and snags.

Significant Events

Minimal fire activity, smoldering with pockets of creeping.


Planned Actions

Monitor fire with aerial resources and from Schafer Meadows Work Center. Point protection around structures at Schafer Meadows Work Center. Continue public information trapline and communicating with outfitters and guides in the Cox Creek and other relevant areas.

Projected Incident Activity

Smoldering and creeping.


The Schafer Meadows Work Center is a major center of USFS operations for the Middle Fork area. It hosts an open airstrip, corrals, campground, and seven structures on the National Register of Historic Places, including the Historic Ranger Station. It is actively used for administrative purposes.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Cooler weather is setting in, with the chance of precipitation most days this following week.

Unit Information

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Flathead National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
650 Wolfpack Way Kalispell Montana 59901
Kalispell, MT 59901

Incident Contact

Spotted Bear Ranger District
Phone: 406-758-5376
Hours: 7 days/week; 8:00am - 4:30pm

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