Highway 200 Complex

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Highway 200 Complex


2017-10-03 Sheep Gap Road Closure # 096
F17-017-096-LOLO-D5, October 3, 2017:Closure order for Sheep Gap Road, NFSR #7581, starting from the Intersection of #7581 and #7587 to the end of the road due to unsafe road conditions from... more


Approximate Location

47.575 latitude, -115.285 longitude

Incident Overview

Cougar Peak lookout after the Deep Creek fire burned past. Structure was wrapped and retardant was dropped on the building and in the immediate area before and after the fire passed.

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The Highway 200 Complex fires are now all listed as IC4 incidents and have been returned to the ranger districts on the Lolo and Kootenai National Forests for further management.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseNatural/ Lightning
Date of OriginMonday August 28th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM
LocationHighway 200 Corridor, near Thompson Falls, MT
Incident CommanderKasey Craft, ICT4, USFS
Incident DescriptionComplex Of Wildfires Ignited By Lightning.

Current Situation

Total Personnel49
Size48,417 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained90%
Estimated Containment DateSunday October 15th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber(grass and understory)

Timber (Litter and understory)

Significant Events

Minimal creeping and smoldering.


Planned Actions

Continue control strategies, patrol, mopup, monitor, and suppression repair will be occurring over the entire fire area.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours: Fire activity is expected to minimal. Smoldering and creeping will be the primary fire behavior across the complex.

24 hours: Temperatures should increase and RHs will lower. Fire activity could see a slight increase, with more increased backing, creeping, and more visible smoke.

48 hours: Warming temperatures and dryer air could increase smoldering and backing slightly.


The Highway 200 Complex will transition to a Type 4 IC on 9/29/2017. Cub/Reader Fire work has been completed except for some remaining road grading being coordinated by KNF READ's. Final suppression repair work on Sheep Gap and Deep/Miller Creek Fires will be under command of the ICT4 and remaining local resources and equipment.

Costs for the Highway 200 Complex are reported within the Sheep Gap row in the Incident Complex Breakout Table. All fires are on the same financial code within the complex. Final cost summaries show a reduction in previously estimated costs to date.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

A warming and drying trend is forecast through Friday, with temperatures returning to the 70's and RH values dropping back in the low 30's and high 20's. A cooler weather pattern is predicted to return on Saturday with potential for showers through the beginning of next week. The weather is predicted to remain cool and moist through the beginning of next week.

Unit Information

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Lolo National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
24 Fort Missoula Road
Missoula, MT 59804

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Public Information
Email: Hwy200complex@gmail.com
Phone: 406-219-1960
Hours: Daily 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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