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Davis Fire

Unit Information

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

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Incident Contacts

Peggy Miller
Email: 2018.DavisFire@firenet.gov
Phone: 406-295-5037

Jennifer Costich-Thompson
Email: 2018.DavisFire@firenet.gov
Phone: 406-295-5037

Highlighted Activity

08/19/2018 Video- 8/19/2018 Davis Fire Operational Briefing
Video Operational
Announcement - 08/19/2018

The Mike Almas Northern Rockies Incident Management Team 3 is managing the Davis Fire.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning
Date of OriginSunday July 29th, 2018 approx. 12:51 PM
LocationThree Rivers Ranger District/ Yaak, MT/ Kootenai National Forest
Incident CommanderMike Almas's Northern Rockies Incident Management Team 3
Incident DescriptionType 2
Coordinates48.958 latitude, -115.933 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel169
Size6,032 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained7%
Estimated Containment DateTuesday August 28th, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Fire is burning in sub-alpine fir, Douglas-fir, and Lodgepole pine with moderate to heavy fuel loading.

Significant Events

Made progress on indirect line construction with 3 Heavy Equipment Task Forces in Div. Z.

Outlook

Planned Actions

Continue indirect line construction with 2 HETF in Division Z. Begin contingency line construction with 1 Heavy Equipment Task Force in Div X.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours: Smoke and cloud cover is expected to moderate fire behavior. Concentrations of heat are present and will continue to spread with terrain driven winds. No significant growth is expected.

24 hours: Low to moderate fire behavior, primarily creeping/smoldering, backing and flanking - interior at the toe of the fire: single to small group torching and short-range spotting at the flanks of the fire and areas where slope and wind align.

Remarks

7% completed, not 7% contained. Indirect line construction is being completed. Almas's team assumed command of the Davis Fire on 8/15/18 at 0600 hours.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

A weak weather disturbance will pass over the Davis Fire on Monday the high pressure aloft will again build over NW Montana Monday evening through Tuesday. Wind at mid levels may dissipate the smoke slightly late Monday night and Tuesday.

Wed, especially in the afternoon, has the potential to be a critical fire day for the Davis Fire. This is due to an upper level low pressure system becoming established over Central Idaho and Central Montana as upper level high pressure builds over the fire from the West for hot and dry conditions. Thursday and Friday will have upper level wind from the West with a little more surface wind and slight chance of thunderstorms.