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Hog Trough Fire

Unit Information

Bitterroot National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1801 North 1st Hamilton Montana 59840
Hamilton, MT 59840

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Incident Contact

Hog Trough Fire Information
Phone: 406-200-8980
Hours: Daily 8am-8pm

Highlighted Activity

08/17/2022 Hog Trough Fire Daily Update August 17, 2022
CURRENT STATUS The Hog Trough Fire remained active yesterday, producing smoke visible from the Bitterroot Valley. The southeast portion of the fire was most active, primarily burning dead and down...
News - 08/17/2022
fire activity along the southwest corner of the Hog Trough Fire PC: Paul Diaz, Operations Section ChiefImage options: [ Full Size ]

Hog Trough Fire was discovered July 17th. It is located five miles east of Black Bear Campground and seven miles southwest of Skalkaho Falls. It is burning in the Sapphire Wilderness Study Area (WSA) on both the Bitterroot and Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forests. There are no structures currently threatened and no evacuations. Area, trail and road closures are in effect. Please refer to the Closures tab for most specific closure information.

Skalkaho Highway (Highway 38) is OPEN. Forest Service Road 75 (Skalkaho-Rye) Road is currently closed from the junction of Highway 38 (Skalkaho Highway) to Mile Marker 5 near Skalkaho Creek Trailhead #503. Forest Service 5070 (Sand Basin Creek) Road is also closed. 

The Hog Trough Fire transferred command from the Northern Rockies Team 5 Type 2 Incident Management Team to the Central Montana Type 3 Incident Management Team at 6 pm MDT on Saturday, August 13th. The Central Montana Type 3 team also took command of the nearby Fuse Lake Fire on August 16. The Fuse Lake Fire was detected on August 14th and is actively burning in timber. The cause of the Fuse Lake Fire is under investigation. 


Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginSunday July 17th, 2022 approx. 06:25 PM
LocationHog Trough: 18 miles southeast of Hamilton, south of the Skalkaho Highway. Fuse Lake: 21.5 miles West South West of Philipsburg, MT; 7 miles North East of the Hog Trough Fire.
Incident CommanderShane Martin, Central MT Type 3 IMT
Coordinates46.152 latitude, -113.813 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel164
Size1,287 Acres
Fuels Involved

Closed Timber Litter

Timber (Liter and Understory)

Heavy Logging Slash

Significant Events



Single tree torching (Fuse Lake)

Group tree torching (Hog Trough)

Short range spotting


Planned Actions

Hog Trough:

Crews will resume chipping operations along the 75 Road. Fire resources on the Hog Trough Fire are available initial attack response to fire starts in the area. Helicopters will drop water to cool the fire and enable ground crews to directly attack the fire.

Fuse Lake: Crews will look for opportunities to safely engage the fire, lay hose, and bring in water tanks.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours: Poor Rh recoveries overnight; minimal fire growth expected.

24 hours: Warming, drying continues with low humidity and variable winds; minimal growth expected.


Skalkaho Highway (Highway 38) is open.

Forest Service 75 (Skalkaho-Rye) Road from the junction of Highway 38 (Skalkaho Highway) to Mile Marker 5 near Skalkaho Creek Trailhead, Jerry Lake Trail #503 is closed. Forest Service 5070 (Sand Basin Creek) Road is closed. Forest Service 711 Road is closed.

Road closures are implemented to ensure public and firefighter safety due to the presence of firefighters and heavy equipment.

A Temporary Flight Restriction is in place over the fire area. Due to Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR), the use of unauthorized unmanned aerial systems (UAS), or drones, is prohibited within the fire area because it endangers the lives of pilots and firefighters.

The terrain in which the fires are burning is extremely rocky, steep, and filled with heavy accumulations of down woody debris.

No structures are threatened and no evacuations are in place.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Hot, dry weather persisted today and should continue into tomorrow with poor overnight Rh recoveries. Northeasterly gradient will bring a light northeast wind Thursday, especially on ridgetops. Slight chance of thunderstorms Friday evening.