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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

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. Cory Farmer and Danial Lemer are the Type 3 Incident Commander and Incident Commander trainee, respectively.
 
 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 Eureka, 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 1,545 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.  Increased fire activity is expected to continue over the next 24 hours as the hotter temperatures continue.  The fire continues to burn in heavy dense fuels in steep, rough and unpopulated terrain.
 
 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 signed on the ground that restricts access to the fire area for public and fire fighter safety.  Please see the attached map. 
 
National Forest System Road 319 (Therriault Lakes Road) is closed just past the junction with road #7032 Foundation/Creek Road to provide for public and firefighter safety due to active fire suppression activities.

 
Also be aware that heavy equipment is operating on the Grave Creek Road (Road 114) from Clarence Creek to Foundation/Creek Road, please use caution.

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 CommanderStevenson
Coordinates48.977 latitude, -114.748 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel39
Size1,538 Acres
Estimated Containment DateFriday September 30th, 2022 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber (Litter and Understory)

Significant Events

Moderate, Isolated torching

Outlook

Planned Actions

Point protection on values at risk as needed.

Continue prepping Road 7108

Continue road grading operations for quicker egress on travel routes Post closures signs as needed

Projected Incident Activity

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

24 to 48 Hours: Ground fire will continue to smolder and creep with moderate to low fire behavior. Erratic, gusty winds may be present around thunderstorms.

72 Hours: Hotter and dryer conditions are expected with minimal RH recoveries at night. This may increase the fire behavior through out the burn period. Expect areas of group torching and spotting.

Remarks

The fire is 1,545 in the U.S. and 1,700 in Canada.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Monsoonal moisture entering the area may lead to showers and thunderstorms Wednesday evening through Thursday. RH will recover and temps will remain lower through Friday before increasing on Saturday.

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