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Highway 200 Complex


Pre-evacuation warnings lifted across entire Highway 200 Complex
Pre-evacuation warnings have been lifted today across the entire Highway 200 Complex due to significant rain and snowfall effects on fire more


Approximate Location

47.575 latitude, -115.285 longitude

Incident Overview

Hwy 200 complex map of all fires 09-22-2017

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Highway 200 Complex – Daily Fact Sheet Friday, September 22, 2017 8:00 a.m.

Northern Rockies Type II Incident Management Team

Irv Leach Incident Commander

InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5583/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Highway200Complex

Email: hwy200complex@gmail.com

Phone: (406) 219-1960

Approximate Size (acres/%containment):

Sheep Gap –24,816/45

Deep & Miller Creek –16,327/61

Cub Creek –5,823/46

Readers – 152/100

TOTAL – 47,118/51

Total personnel: 352

Location: The Highway 200 Complex fires are located in Sanders County, MT near the towns of Thompson Falls and Plains. The Sheep Gap fire is approximately 2 miles west of Plains. The remaining complex fires are located 8 miles north and west of Thompson Falls.

Evacuations and Closures: Pre-evacuation warnings were lifted across the entire Highway 200 Complex due to significant rain and snowfall effects on fire activity. Closure order amendments were issued by the Kootenai and Lolo National Forests. Reductions for the southwest and northwest portions of the Deep Creek Fire on Lolo National Forest jurisdiction and the closure area surrounding the Sheep Gap Fire was also decreased. The Lolo National Forest Closure area to the South of the Cub Creek Fire was fully rescinded. Yesterday, the Kootenai National Forest issued new closure orders decreasing the closures on the north side of the Cub Creek Fire and the in proximity to the Deep Creek Fire. Although the area closures have been reduced, fire operations and traffic continue in these areas. We ask and thank you for providing the safe operational space to ensure the safety of resources and the public. No further changes to closure areas are expected for the near future as hazardous conditions will persist within and adjacent to these fire perimeters. Visit the official Highway 200 Complex Fire InciWeb page for details and maps regarding closure areas.

Fire Update: Firefighter efforts focused on suppression repair and fire line rehabilitation efforts yesterday. Previously necessary equipment that was in use around the fire is being removed for accountability and repackaging to regional stockpiles. Slick roads and terrain limit firefighters’ ability to safely access all areas of the fires but has not stopped the ongoing containment improvement and line rehabilitation efforts. Crews will accomplish as much of this cleanup work as possible before the incident is transferred to a local management team Saturday evening. Saturday will be the last day that fact sheets and maps will be generated and dispersed through email or posted to Inciweb and the Highway 200 Complex Facebook page. Further information regarding closures or ongoing fire management will be accessible from the Kootenai and Lolo National Forests local District Ranger Stations.

Weather and Fire Behavior: A warming and drying trend is forecast through the weekend and into next week. Although there has been significant moisture, there is still lingering heat in heavy pockets of fuel throughout the burn areas. No fire growth is expected but isolated smoke will be visible as the weather dries out and heats up heavy fuel loads that are currently smoldering.

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 CommanderNorthern Rockies Incident Management Team, Incident Commander- Irv Leach
Incident DescriptionComplex Of Wildfires Ignited By Lightning.

Current Situation

Total Personnel260
Size47,118 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained62%
Estimated Containment DateSunday October 15th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber(grass and understory)

Significant Events

Smoldering in heavy duff and beneath trees. Burning in heavy fuels continue to smolder with visible smoke.


Planned Actions

Patrol, mopup, monitor, and suppression repair will be occurring over the entire fire area.

Projected Incident Activity

Fire activity is expected to stay the same. Fire activity will be low.


"The Miller Creek Fire was 892 acres prior to the merge and no new information will be reported.

Costs for the Highway 200 Complex are combined within the Sheep Gap costs to date entry on the Incident Complex Breakout Table. The fires are on the same financial code within the complex."

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

"An upper level trough will depart from the area tonight with high pressure starting to build in over the weekend. A disturbance passing to the south and east of the area could bring some patchy light rain this afternoon and evening, mainly to Branch II. Warmer and drier weather is expected this weekend with lows below freezing in some locations.

Today :

Party cloudy to cloudy with a slight chance of light rain in the afternoon, mainly in Branch II.

High Temperature - Ridges: 39-44º / Mid-slopes: 45-50º / Valleys: 51-56º

Min RH - Mid-slopes and Ridges: 65-75% / Valleys: 51-56%


Ridgetop and Aligned Canyons - Northeast 5 to 10 mph, with gusts up to 15 mph.

Slope/Valley - Upslope/upvalley 5 to 10 mph.


Weather: Partly to mostly cloudy early, then becoming mostly clear.

Low Temperature - 28-35º

Max RH - Mid-slopes/Ridges: 85-95% / Valleys: 85-95%


Ridgetops - East 5-10 mph.

Slope/Valley - East around 5 mph.


Weather: Partly cloudy in the morning, then mostly cloudy with afternoon cumulus development.

High Temperature - Ridges: 40-45º / Mid-slopes: 46-51º / Valleys: 52-57º

Min RH - Mid-slopes and ridges: 50-60% / Valleys: 35-45%


Ridgetop and Aligned Canyons - West 5 to 10 mph.

Slope/Valley - Upslope/upvalley 5 to 10 mph.


An upper level ridge will build into the area continuing a warming and drying trend. High temperatures will increase to near if not a couple of degrees above normal with lows mainly in the 30s. Afternoon humidity should decrease each day. No widespread nor wetting rain is expected. "

Unit Information

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

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

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