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Coal Ridge Fire

Unit Information

Flathead National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
650 Wolfpack Way
Kalispell, MT 59901

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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

A story map of the progression of the fire is available at

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning / Natural
Date of OriginSunday August 12th, 2018 approx. 07:30 AM
Location28 miles north of Kalispell, Montana
Incident CommanderManny Mendoza, US Forest Service
Coordinates48.723 latitude, -114.502 longitude

Current Situation

Size280 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained98%
Fuels Involved

Timber (Litter and Understory)

Brush (2 feet), Closed Timber Litter.

Significant Events

Minimal, Smoldering, Creeping


Planned Actions

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.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

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.