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Dry Cabin

Unit Information

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

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Incident Contacts

Seeley Lake Ranger District
Phone: 406-677-2233
Hours: M-F 8 am - 4:30 pm

Spotted Bear Ranger District
Phone: 406-758-5376
Hours: M-F 8 am - 4:30 pm

Highlighted Activity

08/01/2021 Dry Cabin Fire Update, August 1, 2021
Quick Facts: Location: 20 miles north of Ovando, MT, in the Lolo National Forest Detected: July 11, 2021 Cause: Lightning Legal Description: T18N, R11W, Sec. 36 (PB51) Lat/Long: Lat. 47.278, Long....
News - 08/01/2021
Map shows a large area closure in the Dry Fork area of the Lolo National Forest Scapegoat Wilderness and upper Danaher area of the Flathead National Forest Bob Marshall  Wilderness. The Dry Cabin Fire perimeter from July 28 is shown  on the map.Image options: [ Full Size ]

The Dry Cabin Fire was reported at 1:37 p.m. on July 11, 2021. It is located in the Scapegoat and Bob Marshall Wilderness, Flathead and Lewis & Clark Counties in the Flathead National Forest and Lolo National Forest 20 miles north of Ovando, Montana. 18 trail miles from the nearest road. It is burning 7 miles from any structures.  Area and trail closures are being put into place at this time, please see the most recent announcement in News.  Fire monitoring occurring with flights, and fire personnel will be planning point protection on administrative structures.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginSunday July 11th, 2021 approx. 01:30 AM
Location20 miles north of Ovando, MT
Incident CommanderCarl Seielstad
Incident DescriptionWilderness Fire
Coordinates47.278 latitude, -112.956 longitude

Current Situation

Size3,000 Acres
Estimated Containment DateFriday October 15th, 2021 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber (Litter and Understory), Brush (2 feet)

Significant Events

Observed fire behavior is active.


Planned Actions

Implement structure protection for wilderness cabins and bridges, continue to monitor and notify the public about the fire. Area and trail closures are being put into place at this time.

Projected Incident Activity

The fire is projected to continue to burn and grow in size.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

A chance of showers and thunderstorms is forecasted through Monday followed by warming and drying into midweek.