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Gold Hill Fire

Unit Information

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

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Incident Contact

Gold Hill Fire Information
Phone: 775-403-2144
Hours: Daily 7:00am - 8:00pm

Highlighted Activity

09/19/2018 Highway 68 Speed Limit Restrictions Lifted
The 25 miles per hour speed limit restriction on Highway 68 around the Gold Hill area will be lifted Wednesday, September 19, 2018. The normal posted speed limit between Mile Marker 13 and Mile...
Announcement - 09/19/2018

The Gold Hill Fire was detected on the evening of August 11, 2018, in the Kootenai National Forest, 13 miles north of Libby, Montana. It was started by lightning and is burning in timber litter and understory. The Mike Almas Northern Rockies Incident Management Team assumed command of the fire on September 10, 2018.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginSaturday August 11th, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM
LocationNoisy Creek drainage 13 miles north of Libby, Mt.
Incident CommanderMike Almas' Northern Rockies Incident Management Team 3
Coordinates48.577 latitude, -115.526 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel205
Size6,523 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained45%
Estimated Containment DateMonday October 15th, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

The Gold Hill fire is burning in timber litter and understory

Significant Events

Minimal fire activity today with backing, smoldering and creeping.


Planned Actions

Hand crews and engines will continue to be used for mop-up and patrol operations along Highway 68 and on the western and southern portions of the fire. In addition, crews will continue to back haul equipment. Suppression repair operations continue to take place around the fire area. Aviation resources will be utilized as needed for supporting holding operations, as well as for reconnaissance missions.

Projected Incident Activity

12-hours: Fire activity will be decreasing overnight to smoldering.

24-hours: Rates of spread will be low where the fire continues to back. Fire area will begin to dry out.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Mostly sunny skies with seasonable temperatures and humidity were observed across the fire area this afternoon. Low pressure systems will begin to influence the region through the remainder of the week and weekend with temperatures below normal and humidity above normal. There will be a chance of rain showers Through much of this period.