Green Ridge Complex

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Green Ridge Complex

INCIDENT UPDATED 9/11/2017

Approximate Location

45.822 latitude, -114.885 longitude

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The Green Ridge Complex fires, are a complex of 3 fires burning in the Selway Bitterroot Wilderness, near Spot Mountain. They are located approximately 4 miles southwest of Paradise, 28 miles west of West Fork Ranger District. A few of these fires burned together, creating the largest of the fires, the Eagle fire, at 3,976 acres. Total acres for the complex is 4,769 acres. These fires were started by lightning. Flames came within 150-yards of Spot Mountain lookout, therefore firefighters wrapped the lookout with flame resistant material. The Lookout was not damaged at all in the fire. Crews have completed structure assessments from Running Creek Ranch to Paradise and to Magruder Crossing. The Team overseeing the Nelson fire, is also managing this complex of fires.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning
Date of OriginWednesday August 30th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM
Location4 miles southwest of Paradise, 28 miles west of West Fork Ranger District
Incident CommanderMike Fritzen

Current Situation

Total Personnel3
Size4,769 Acres
Fuels Involved

Heavy timber

Significant Events

Structure assessment from Running Creek Ranch to Paradise and also Paradise to Magruder Crossing has been completed by fire crews.

Outlook

Remarks

These fires are not staffed as they are lightning caused, located in the Idaho wilderness and are not threatening any structures. They are being managed for resource benefits and monitored daily by lookouts and recon/air patrol flights.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Much cooler and wetter weather will settle in over Western Montana Wednesday through Saturday. Snow elevation could drop from 9000 feet to 7500 feet Friday, and 6500 feet on Saturday. Thunderstorms are possible Tuesday night through Wednesday night.

Unit Information

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Bitterroot National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1801 North 1st Hamilton Montana 59840
Hamilton, MT 59840
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Tod Mckay
Phone: 406-363-7122

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