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Weasel Fire

Unit Information

Kootenai National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
31374 US Hwy 2 Libby Montana 59923
Libby, MT 59923

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Incident Contact

Weasel Fire Incident Command
Email: 2022.weasel@firenet.gov
Phone: 406-404-6763
Hours: M-Sun 0800-1630

Highlighted Activity

08/09/2022 Weasel Fire Area Closure
 An area closure has been issued for the Weasel Fire.  Please see the attached closure order and map.  The closure  closes the 319 road to the Weasel Cabin, but the 114 road is
Closure - 08/09/2022
Weasel Fire Map 8/17/22Image options: [ Full Size ]

History -The Weasel Fire was discovered on July 30, 2022.  The fire was likely ignited by lightning on Friday July 29. Initial attack occurred on July 30 and 31.   A Type 3 Incident Command Team assumed command of the fire on 08/02/2022 at 0600. 
 
 On August 4th the Fire exhibited extreme wind-driven fire behavior and made an extended 5-mile run Northeast towards Frozen Lake expanding from 170 acres to 2,174. The fire crossed onto the Flathead National Forest and into Canada.  The acres reported in this document are for the U.S. only. Total acres by jurisdiction can be found in the remarks section.
 
Jurisdictional collaboration is occurring between the Incident Management Team (IMT) in the United States located in Hungry Horse, Montana and the BC Wildfire Service Incident Management Team in Canada, located in Cranbrook. The two IMT’s are closely coordinating on wildfire management and are sharing resources as required.
 
Current Status - The fire is currently at 1,659 acres in the U.S.   Just south of Frozen Lake, the fire has burned across road 114A and is heading south towards the fire scar from the 2017 Weasel Fire. Fire behavior has been minimal with creeping, smoldering and isolated torching of trees.
 
The primary focus is on protection to infrastructure and recreation resources and the community.  A mission to protect Weasel Cabin with protective wrapping was completed on August 2, 2022, and the Wam Fire tower was wrapped on August 5th 2022.

Closure Notices and Safety - An area closure order is in place and posted, that restricts access to the fire area for public and firefighter safety.  FS Road #319 to the Weasel Cabin is closed but FS Road #114 to Polebridge remains open.  Please see attached closure map.
 

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning/natural
Date of OriginSaturday July 30th, 2022 approx. 12:00 AM
Location14 miles NE of Eureka, MT
Incident CommanderHuntsberger
Coordinates48.977 latitude, -114.748 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel18
Size1,659 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained20%
Estimated Containment DateFriday September 30th, 2022 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber (Litter and Understory)

Significant Events

Minimal, Creeping, Smoldering and Isolated torching

Outlook

Planned Actions

Point protection on values at risk as needed

Post closures signs as needed

Identify Management Action Points, continue to monitor and re-asses

Projected Incident Activity

12 Hour: Ground fire will continue smolder and creep with moderate to low fire behavior.

24 Hour: Ground fire will continue to smolder and creep with moderate to low fire behavior. Erratic, gusty winds may be present with approaching cold front.

48 to 72 Hours: Ground fire will continue to smolder and creep with moderate to low fire behavior. Potential for increased fire behavior for Sunday through Wednesday with forecasted hotter and drier conditions, reduced RH recoveries.

Past 72 Hours: Ground fire will continue to smolder and creep with moderate to low fire behavior. Potential for increased fire behavior for Sunday through Wednesday with forecasted hotter and drier conditions, and reduced RH recoveries.

Remarks

Acres by Jurisdiction:

USA: 1,659

KNF - 450

FNF- 1,209

Canada: 2,078

Total 3,737

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

A drier air mass will settle over the region Sunday through Wednesday that may cause more active fire behavior throughout the week.

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