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Reynolds Lake Fire

Unit Information

Bitterroot National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1801 North 1st Hamilton Montana 59840
Hamilton, MT 59840

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Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginTuesday July 17th, 2018 approx. 02:00 PM
Location35 miles SW of Darby near the Reynolds Lake Trailhead. West Fork Ranger District.
Incident CommanderSkylar Brown
Incident DescriptionWildfire
Coordinates45.564 latitude, -114.513 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel25
Size1,068 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Fuels Involved

Heavy timber. High elevation Sub-alpine fir and lodgepole pine with dead standing and down fuels, including mountain pine beetle mortality. Numerous hazards including falling trees. Firefighter safety remains a top priority. Numerous snags present a safety threat to firefighters in high wind situations.

Significant Events

Good news! The Reynolds Lake Fire is now 100% contained.

Crews have line around the fire and the perimeter is secured.

Smoke from fuels burning inside the main fire will likely be visible for the next several weeks.


Planned Actions

Firefighters and engines will continue patrolling and keeping an eye out for any spot fires or additional activity.

Fire hose and equipment no longer needed will continue to be pulled and returned to the supply unit.

Aircraft will be utilized as needed to suppress additional hot spots.

Projected Incident Activity

Mostly smoldering and creeping but some torching (unburned fuels) within the main fire perimeter is likely.


Fire camp was removed on Tuesday. Forest Road #044 is now re-opened for travel.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

A strong ridge of high pressure will bring hot and dry conditions this week. A change in wind direction will also likely carry smoke from fires in Oregon and California.