West Fork Fire

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West Fork Fire


Pre-Evacuation is lifted for all areas in Lincoln County
September 21, 2017; 12:51pmEFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELYPre-Evacuation is lifted for all areas in Lincoln County. Pipe Creek will be open to through traffic Saturday September 23, 2017 at 9am. Fire Crews are. 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.

For information on the fire, fire behavior and planned firefighting efforts please continue to check InciWeb and FaceBook @WestForkandMoosePeakFires. Also call the Fire Information line: (406) 209-9961


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 Personnel105
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 showers coming into the fire area, diminishing fire activity.

24 Hours: Forecast showers coming into the fire area, diminishing fire activity.

48 Hours: Minimal chance of showers.

72 Hours: A drying trend is predicted.

Anticipated after 72 hours: A drying trend is expected into next week, 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 60 degrees, 43% RH, winds E at 3 mph with gust to 8 mph, mostly cloudy skies. Temperatures will slowly warm into the weekend with highs in the 50s and 60s. Minimum humidity will stay above 40% and light winds will continue. Skies will be partly to mostly cloudy.

Unit Information

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

Incident Contact

West Fork and Moose Peak Fire Information
Phone: 406-209-9961
Hours: 8:00 am - 10:00 pm Daily

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