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

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Callahan Fire Information
Phone: 406-426-9130
Hours: 8 am - 8 pm Daily

Highlighted Activity

09/26/2020 Callahan Fire Update September 26, 2020
Incident Statistics: Size: 1,276 acres Containment: 66% Cause: Under InvestigationResources Assigned: Total Personnel: 143 Crews: 2 Engines: 2 Water Tenders: 1 Heavy.
News - 09/26/2020
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The Callahan Fire was detected on September 8, 2020 and is located on the Three Rivers Ranger District of the Kootenai National Forest in Bonner County, Idaho.

The fire started approximately 9 miles southwest of Troy, MT in the South Callahan Creek area, south of Smith Mountain. The fire is burning in steep, rocky ground in an early 1990’s burn and is expanding into areas of continuous live and dead fuel, some of which has not had disturbance for approximately 70 years.

An emergency closure order is in effect for firefighter and public safety.  Closure Order D04-68-S-20:

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseUnknown/under Investigation
Date of OriginTuesday September 08th, 2020 approx. 02:45 PM
LocationApprox. 9 miles southwest of Troy, MT/ South Callahan Creek drainage/ South of Smith Mountain
Incident CommanderJohn Thompson
Coordinates48.397 latitude, -116.089 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel143
Size1,276 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained66%
Estimated Containment DateSaturday October 31st, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved


Significant Events

Minimal Fire Behavior, Smoldering


Planned Actions

Mop up is ongoing in one division, rehab ongoing in all divisions.

Projected Incident Activity

Additional wetting rains expected to continue through this evening with continued cooler temperatures, minimal fire behavior expected.


Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Wide spread precipitation occurred over the fire today, with continued cool weather and high RH through tomorrow.