The Elmo Fire was detected along Highway 28 on July 29, 2022, at approximately 4:30 PM. Although local Volunteer Fire Departments and Missoula Smokejumpers responded quickly, the fire grew significantly in the first few hours, prompting the initial evacuation of residences. The Northern Rockies Team 7 Type 2 Incident Management Team took over management of the Elmo Fire at 6 AM on Sunday, July 31, 2022.
Persistent fire weather (high temperatures and strong winds) pushed the fire north and east, requiring the need for further evacuations. Eight total structures were lost, including four primary residences. Over the last week, cooler temperatures and reduction in winds enabled firefighters to make consistent gains in containment. Northern Rockies Team 7 will transfer command of the fires to a Type 3 Incident Management Team lead by Incident Commander Ian Morgan at 6 AM on Sunday, August 14, 2022.
|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Friday July 29th, 2022 approx. 04:00 PM|
|Incident Commander||Ian Morgan, Type 3 Team|
|Coordinates||47.818 latitude, -114.507 longitude|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||78%|
|Estimated Containment Date||Saturday August 20th, 2022 approx. 12:00 PM|
Timber (Grass and Understory)
Fuel moisture, both live and dead, is very low. Forbes and ground cover at mid-slope and below is nearly cured.
Secure fire edge and strengthen containment lines by utilizing, helicopters and interagency hotshot crews. Continue structure protection in the Lake Mary Ronan/Camp Tuffit area.
|Projected Incident Activity|
Minimal surface fire spread expected in timber fuels on exposed slopes. Potential for single tree torching. Expect fire to continue to threaten structures on the south shoreline of Lake Mary Ronan.