Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes discovered the Boulder 2700 Fire the morning of July 31, 2021, in the Mission Mountains east of Flathead Lake, and eight miles east of Polson, MT. As of August 1, 2021, the size was approximately 1,150 acres, burning in steep terrain with heavy, downed fuels. Fourteen primary and seventeen secondary structures were lost. The fire's cause is under investigation. Northern Rockies Team 4 Type 2 team took command beginning on August 2, 2021 through August 15, 2021 at 6:00 a.m. Command was transferred at that time to a local Type 3 Organization. The Boulder 2700 Fire is 2,072 acres and 46% contained as of August 15, 2021.
|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Saturday July 31st, 2021 approx. 02:45 AM|
|Location||9 miles east of Polson, MT|
|Incident Commander||Clint Davis, Type 3 Incident Commander; Chris McCrea, Type 3 IC Trainee|
|Coordinates||47.765 latitude, -114.009 longitude|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||90%|
|Estimated Containment Date||Friday October 01st, 2021 approx. 12:00 AM|
The fire is mainly burning in the timber litter and timber understory. The 100 and 1,000 hour fuels are wetter than average and will take time to become critically dry again. Steep slopes and areas of heavy blowdown are leading to a high resistance to control.
Minimal fire behavior was observed in all divisions with scattered smokes consisting of smoldering and creeping with pockets of heat in heavy, woody fuels. Backing and flanking has been occurring but heavy smoke cover has decreased activity.
-Patrol roads and firelines.
-Mop up fire's perimeter working on increasing depth.
-Continue to construct fuel breaks utilizing the existing north-south road systems to create contingency lines.
|Projected Incident Activity|
12 Hours: Hot, dry and windy. Where heat exists, fire behavior is expected to pick up, even on north aspects. If there is heat along uncontained line on the east side of the fire, some growth could occur through spotting.
24 Hours: Warm and windy with a slight chance of precipitation. If there is heat along uncontained line on the east side of the fire, some growth could occur through spotting.
48 Hours: Cold front passage with higher winds, higher humidity and increased chances of moisture. Fire behavior will be moderated.
Transition from Northern Rockies Team 4 to the local unit occurred at 0600 on Sunday 8/15/2021
Hot and dry conditions with increased winds over the next 24 hours will lead to drying of fuels and increased chances of some growth on the east side of the fire. However, chances of precipitation and increase in humidity after the front will moderate any fire behavior and growth.