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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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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 fire has transitioned back to the Libby Ranger District. Crews continue mopping up, suppression repair work and back hauling unneeded equipment. Heavy equipment still working in the closure area.

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 CommanderLibby Ranger District/KNF
Incident DescriptionWildfire
Coordinates48.577 latitude, -115.526 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel16
Size6,602 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained55%
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

Crews will remain on the fire to continue mop-up and suppression repair. Heavy equipment is still operating in the closure area.

Projected Incident Activity

12-hours: Fire activity will decrease to smoldering.

24-hours: Rates of spread will continue to be low where the fire continues to back.


Interior smoke may drift and be visible from the Hwy 68/Pipe Creek Road.

The Gold Hill Closure Order is still in effect for public and fire fighter safety.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Sunday's rain showers were intermittent and spotty within the fire area. Measurable amounts of .13" were recorded on the Libby District.Temperature expected to be 60-70's with relative humidity 28-38 percent. evening humidity recovery expected to be favorable at 83-93 %.

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