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Elmo Fire

Unit Information

Flathead Agency
Bureau of Indian Affairs
PO Box 40 Pablo Montana 59855
Pablo, MT 59855

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Elmo Fire Information
Phone: 406-818-5200
Hours: 7:00 am to 9:00 am and 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

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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. 

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseUnder Investigation
Date of OriginFriday July 29th, 2022 approx. 04:00 PM
LocationElmo, MT
Incident CommanderIan Morgan, Type 3 Team
Incident DescriptionWildfire
Coordinates47.818 latitude, -114.507 longitude

Current Situation

Size21,349 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained78%
Estimated Containment DateSaturday August 20th, 2022 approx. 12:00 PM
Fuels Involved

Short Grass

Tall Grass

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.


Planned Actions

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.

Recent Articles

Closures as of 8.17.22 Closure - 16 hrs. ago
8.14.2022 Elmo Fire update News - 4 days ago
8.13.2022 Daily Update News - 5 days ago
8.12.22 Daily Update News - 6 days ago