West Fork Fire

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West Fork Fire


Command of the West Fork Fire Transfers to a Type 3 Organization 9/25/17
At 2pm on Monday September 25,2017, command of the West Fork Fire will transfer to a local Type 3 organization under the command of Grant more


Approximate Location

48.508 latitude, -115.649 longitude

Incident Overview

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The West Fork Fire was detected on August 30th approximately 7 miles north of Libby Montana in the Quartz Creek/Bobtail Ridge area. It quickly escaped containment efforts due to extremely dry fuel and critical fire weather patterns. On September 4, Rocky Mountain Incident Management Blue Team, Jay Esperance Incident Commander, assumed command of the fire. The Blue Team is working closely with Lincoln County Emergency Operations Center and the County Sheriff. On September 25, 2017 the West Fork Fire will transfer command to a local Type 3 Team under the command of Grant Rider at 2pm. No further updates will be made in Inciweb unless significant fire behavior occurs.

For information on the fire, fire behavior and planned firefighting efforts please continue to check the Kootenai National Forest website https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/kootenai/home and the Kootenai National Forest Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/kootenainf/ @Kootenainf.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginSaturday August 30th, 3017 approx. 10:45 AM
Location7 miles NW of Libby
Incident CommanderJay Esperance, Incident Commander Type II
Incident DescriptionLightning/natural

Current Situation

Total Personnel94
Size20,072 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained60%
Estimated Containment DateSunday October 01st, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber(Grass and Understory)

Significant Events

Minimal smoldering.


Planned Actions

Continue to monitor, hold and patrol.

Projected Incident Activity

12 Hours: Forecast shows temperatures to warm through the week as an upper level ridge builds into the region..

24 Hours: Warmer temperatures with light winds.

48 Hours: Warmer temperatures with light winds.

72 Hours: Warmer temperatures with light winds.

Anticipated after 72 hours: Normal seasonal weather will be returning.


16,584 Acres on Kootenai National Forest (MT-KNF)

3488 Acres on Montana Private Lands (MT-PRI)

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Current weather: Temperature is 66 degrees, 37% RH, west winds at 5mph, mostly cloudy skies. Monday will bring partly to mostly cloudy skies once again. High temperatures will be in the low 50's to low 60's, warmest at lower elevations. Minimal Rh's will range from 40-50%. Light west winds are expected. Expect temperatures to warm through the week as an upper level ridge builds into the region.

Unit Information

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Kootenai National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
31374 US Hwy 2 Libby Montana 59923
Libby, MT 59923

Incident Contact

Kootenai National Forest
Email: wsykes@fs.fed.us
Phone: 406-293-6211
Hours: 8:00am to 5:00 pm M-F

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