The Whale Butte Fire is burning in the Flathead National Forest 10 miles northwest 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.
Following lightning storms across the Flathead National Forest evening of August 11, the Whale Butte 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|
|Date of Origin||Sunday August 12th, 2018 approx. 10:55 AM|
|Location||10 mi. NW of Polebridge, MT|
|Incident Commander||Manny Mendoza, USFS Type 3|
|Coordinates||48.855 latitude, -114.474 longitude|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||97%|
Complete fire suppression repairs in accordance with the Fire Suppression Rehabilitation Plan on National Forest Lands.
No updates unless significant activity occurs.