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Granite Pass Complex

Unit Information

Lolo National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
24 Fort Missoula Road
Missoula, MT 59804

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Incident Contact

Granite Pass Complex Fire Information
Email: 2021.granitepasscomplex@firenet.gov
Phone: 406-624-9176
Hours: 8 am - 8 pm

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08/04/2021 Granite Pass Complex Daily Update, Wednesday, August 4
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The Granite Pass Complex consists of four wildfires burning in the vicinity of Lolo Pass on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests in Idaho and the Lolo National Forest in Montana. Managing the fires under one incident commander improves efficiency and simplifies incident management processes.  Type II, California Interagency Incident Management Team 15 took command of the fires on July 18. Northern Rockies Incident Management Team 1 transitioned with the previous team and assumed command of the Granite Pass Complex on July 31, 2021. The team will also be managing the West Lolo Complex near Thompson Falls.

Shotgun Fire

The Shotgun Fire on the Powell Ranger District is located seven miles north of Powell Junction on Highway 12. It is on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest.
  
Boulder Creek Fire

The Boulder Creek Fire is 8 miles west of Lolo Pass Visitor Center. It is on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest. 

BM Hill Fire

The BM Hill Fire is located ten miles north of Powell Junction, and is burning on both the Nez Perce-Clearwater and Lolo National Forests. It continues to burn actively in heavy brush and timber. There are existing road and trail closures on both forests for public safety due to the BM Hill fire.

Lolo Creek Fire, Missoula Ranger District

The Lolo Creek Fire is located between mile marker 1 and 2 along the Highway 12 corridor, approximately 1 mile west of Highway 12, and 1.5 miles northwest of the Lolo Pass Visitor Center on the Lolo National Forest. 

The Missoula County Sheriff's Office issued an Evacuation WARNING from Martin Creek (Mile Marker 10) on US HWY 12 to the Idaho Boarder (Mile Marker 0). Wildfires burning in the Highway 12 area are moving down the highway corridor with potential to impact private property, homes and roads. Deputies will be notifying residents and visitors along Highway 12 of the Warning. Residents and visitors in the area should stay vigilant of the current situation and be ready to immediately leave the area if an evacuation ORDER is issued. If you are traveling along Highway 12 please do not stop. For more information, visit Missoula County Sheriff's Office on Facebook.
 
Fire Restrictions are in place. Information regarding fire restrictions can be found at these two websites:  Fire Restrictions Finder | Department of Lands (idaho.gov)  and MT Fire Info

Road, trail and Area closures are in place. Please click on the closure section above or below to view the closure orders and maps.

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Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning
Date of OriginMonday July 12th, 2021 approx. 08:44 AM
Location35 miles southwest of Missoula, MT
Incident CommanderMike Goicoechea IC NRT1
Incident DescriptionComplex
Coordinates46.652 latitude, -114.591 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel189
Size5,739 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained4%
Estimated Containment DateWednesday September 15th, 2021 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber (Litter and Understory)

Closed Timber Litter

Brush (2 feet)

Energy Release Components are currently tracking around the 95th percentile while 100 and 1000 hour fuel moisture contents are around 15% and 11%. Live fuel moistures are still high enough that they are not contributing to significant fire behavior.

Significant Events

Minimal

Creeping

Isolated Torching

Smoldering

Even though the fire area experienced slightly warmer temperatures and drier relative humidity today, precipitation events from the past couple days have kept fire behavior to a minimum.

Outlook

Planned Actions

Div A - Construct fireline as direct as possible from DP 15 to the southwest along the BM Hill Fire perimeter. Utilize roads and ridges to tie the line into Shotgun Creek. Patrol and monitor the fire perimeter on the Lolo Creek Fire.

Dic L - Build direct control lines from DP 19 to DP 17 along the northeast corner of the BM Hill Fire. Monitor fire behavior and utilize air support when needed.

Contingency - Continue construction and improvement of shaded fuel break from Hwy 12 along Fish Creek Road to the northwest utilizing existing roads/ridges. Control fire spread with direct attack using resources in Granite Creek area on the north flank of Lima.

Boulder Creek/Shotgun - monitor until additional resources are available.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours: Forecasted minimum relative humidity along with current fuel conditions will keep fire behavior moderated. Fire behavior will consist of creeping and smoldering in the heavy dead and down fuels with an isolated torching tree. No additional fire growth is expected.

24 hours: Slightly warmer and drier conditions may bring a slight increase in fire activity. Unseen pockets of heat may become visible today along with continued smoldering and creeping in heavy fuels. An occasional torching tree may be observed. Minimal growth may occur on uncontained active edges of the fire, there is a threat of thunderstorms in the area that could produce gusty outflow winds increasing fire behavior.

Remarks

No new perimeter/infrared update for this reporting period due to weather over the complex.

BM Hill - 4,882 acres

Boulder Creek - 175 acres

Lolo Creek - 165 acres

Shotgun - 517 acres

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Relative humidity remained elevated today under warmer temperatures. Thursday will be more active as a weather disturbance will trigger scattered thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening, mixed wet and dry. Gusty outflow winds to 40 mph are expected with thunderstorms Thursday.