Reef Fire

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Reef Fire


9-6-17 Trail Closure due to Reef Fire, Order# D04-153-S-17
D04-153-S-17FLATHEAD NATIONAL FOREST 650 Wolfpack Way Kalispell, MT 59901 Forest Supervisor’s Order TRAIL RESTRICTION ORDER Cardinal Peak Divide # 136, Cabin Creek #205, Pilot Peak #128,... more


Approximate Location

47.348 latitude, -113.402 longitude

Incident Overview

Jumbo Lookout, September 13th, 2017

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As of September 7, 2017, the Rice Ridge Fire has burned into the Reef Fire and management of the fire has been absorbed by the Incident Management Team for Rice Ridge Fire. This page will continue to be used to update fire information in regard to the portion of the Rice Ridge Fire that is burning within the Bob Marshall Wilderness on the Flathead National Forest. Updates will include fire activity, structure protection, and trail and area closures. 10,658 acres were burned by the Reef Fire and are now included in the total 53,008 acres Rice Ridge has burned on the Flathead National Forest.

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Started by lightning on August 13th, the fire continues to burn actively and has burned approximately 53,008 acres on the Flathead National Forest.

Cooler temperatures and some precipitation have resulted in minimal fire activity reported over the last few days. Personnel continue to monitor the eastern portion of the fire from Basin Cabin, Jumbo Lookout and Danaher Cabin. Crews are preparing for additional rehab work on the affected trails.

All area and trail closures remain in place. Jumbo Mountain Trail #569 is closed effective 9/14/2017.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning/ Natural
Date of OriginSunday August 13th, 2017 approx. 05:45 PM
Locationnear Count Peak in the Bob Marshall Wilderness
Incident CommanderGreg Poncin's Northern Rockies Incident Management Team
Incident DescriptionThe Fire Management Strategy Is 90% Monitor And 10% Point Zone Protection.

Current Situation

Total Personnel3
Size10,658 Acres
Estimated Containment DateSunday October 01st, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber (litter and understory), sub-alpine fir with a heavy snag component. Grass component in valley bottoms.

Significant Events

The Reef and Rice Ridge Fires have burned together and management of the fire has been absorbed by the Incident Management Team for the Rice Ridge Fire.


Planned Actions

Monitor with aerial resources and ground resources at Hahn and Basin Cabins. Continue coordinating with the Rice Ridge Fire Incident Management Team. Continue the public information trapline and communicating with outfitters and guides in the wilderness.

Projected Incident Activity

Creeping and smoldering. Occasional torching and short uphill runs due to rollout, and spotting.


Trail Closures for the Youngs Creek drainage are in place.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Cooler weather is expected.

Unit Information

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

Incident Contact

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

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