Bitterroot National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1801 North 1st Hamilton Montana 59840
Hamilton, MT 59840
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.
|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Wednesday August 30th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM|
|Location||4 miles southwest of Paradise, 28 miles west of West Fork Ranger District|
|Incident Commander||Mike Fritzen|
|Coordinates||45.822 latitude, -114.885 longitude|
Structure assessment from Running Creek Ranch to Paradise and also Paradise to Magruder Crossing has been completed by fire crews.
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.
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.