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Whale Butte Fire

Unit Information

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

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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

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

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginSunday August 12th, 2018 approx. 10:55 AM
Location10 mi. NW of Polebridge, MT
Incident CommanderManny Mendoza, USFS Type 3
Coordinates48.855 latitude, -114.474 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel28
Size515 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained97%


Planned Actions

Complete fire suppression repairs in accordance with the Fire Suppression Rehabilitation Plan on National Forest Lands.


No updates unless significant activity occurs.