After 9/6/18, Coal Ridge Fire updates will be published on InciWeb on Thursdays unless significant activity occurs.
The Coal Ridge Fire is burning in the Flathead National Forest 10 miles west of Polebridge, Montana. This fire is being managed with modified confine and contain tactics, with fire fighter and public safety as a priority. The fire is burning in steep terrain with subalpine forest and brushy avalanche chutes. There are no evacuation warnings in place on this incident. Any warning notices or evacuations will be coordinated with the Flathead Office of Emergency Services.
Following lightning storms across the Flathead National Forest evening of August 11, the Coal Ridge Fire was detected the next morning. A Type 1 Fire Management Team is assigned to the fire.
Video of the September 4th community meeting is available at https://youtu.be/Vcn-br-QV9A
A story map of the progression of the fire is available at http://nifc.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=25498813ba044f548c2315e9eb6d2d22
|Current as of|
|Cause||Lightning / Natural|
|Date of Origin||Sunday August 12th, 2018 approx. 07:30 AM|
|Location||28 miles north of Kalispell, Montana|
|Incident Commander||Manny Mendoza, US Forest Service|
|Coordinates||48.723 latitude, -114.502 longitude|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||98%|
|Estimated Containment Date||Thursday November 01st, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM|
Timber (Litter and Understory)
Brush (2 feet), Closed Timber Litter.
Minimal, Smoldering, Creeping
Continue suppression repair activities on the south end of the contingency line moving north. Monitor fire as needed using Air Attach or IR.
|Projected Incident Activity|
24 Hours: Fire activity will be minimal. No additional growth is expected at this time.
Tentative schedule to transfer back to the local until on Monday, 9/17/18 at 0600.
Forecast for Monday Day Shift
Sky/Wx: Low clouds and fog possible in the morning, followed by a mostly sunny afternoon.
Winds: Ridgetop-southwest to west 10-15 gust to 20 mph
Slope/Valley-upslope, up valley 3-7 mph, expect a southerly direction in north/south aligned valleys
Max Temp: 50-60F
Min RH: 35-40%
Cool, dry autumn weather will persist until our next wetting rain expected next Thursday evening into Friday.