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Hay Creek

Unit Information

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

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Incident Contacts

Hungry Horse Ranger Station
Email: elizabeth.pargman@usda.gov
Phone: 406-387-3800
Hours: 8am to 4:30pm Mon-Fri

Hungry Horse Ranger Station
Email: 2021.haycreek@firenet.gov
Phone: 406 387-3800
Hours: 8am to 4:30pm Mon-Fri

Highlighted Activity

08/26/2021 8/23/2021 NEW Hay Creek Fire Closure D07-115-S-21
D07-115-S-21FLATHEAD NATIONAL FOREST 650 Wolfpack Way Kalispell, MT 59901 Forest Supervisor's Order HAY CREEK FIRE CLOSURE Pursuant to 16 U.S.C. §551, and 36 C.F.R. §261.50(a) and §261.50(b), the..
Closure - 08/26/2021
Photo taken from helicopter on east side of Hay Creek Fire showing a mix of burned and unburned areas.Image options: [ Full Size ]

August 26, 2021 Update: This page will not be updated further unless changing conditions necessitate. All evacuation warnings have been lifted.

The Hay Creek Fire was reported Wednesday evening, July 21, 2021, approximately 5 miles west of Polebridge, Montana and grew to 2,894 acres by August 20, 2021.

All evacuation warnings were lifted on August 18, 2021.
 
Hay Creek Road #376, Hay Creek Trail #3, and an area surrounding the fire remain closed as of 8/26/2021. 

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning/natural
Date of OriginWednesday July 21st, 2021 approx. 05:45 PM
LocationApproximately 4 miles west of Polebridge, Montana
Incident CommanderAndy Huntsberger, Interagency Incident Management Team, Type 3
Coordinates48.778 latitude, -114.431 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel10
Size2,894 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained60%
Estimated Containment DateThursday September 30th, 2021 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Dense mixed conifer and lodgepole stands and mature timber with heavy down/dead and intermixed grass-shrub component at lower elevations.

Significant Events

Minimal fire activity with smoldering observed.

Outlook

Planned Actions

Continued prep along fuel breaks and road systems utilizing heavy equipment. Crews will patrol and monitor along the fire's edge.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours: Warmer and drier weather will return briefly. Smoldering in heavy dead fuels is expected.

24 hours: Cooler temperatures and rains are expected to decrease spread potential. Another 0.10 inches of rain is expected Friday.

48 hours: Cooler temperatures and rains are expected. Another 0.10 inches of rain is expected Saturday.

72 hours: Cool temperatures and increased humidity.

After 72 hours: Another chance for precipitation/thunderstorms and continued moderate temperatures.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Current: Warmer and drier weather returned.

Predicted: A moist and cool weather trend returns Friday and Saturday.