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Bull Gin Complex

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

Public Information
Phone: 406-426-9644
Hours: 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM (7 days a week)

Highlighted Activity

09/30/2022 09.30.2022 Update
Total Acreage: 4,279Completion: 36%   BREAKDOWN BY FIRE Government Fire: 2,785 acres Billiard Fire: 1,210 acres Isabella Lake Fire: 284 acres   TRANSITION: Management of the Bull Gin Complex will...
News - 09/30/2022
Bull Gin Complex Map 09.21.2022Image options: [ Full Size ]


Management of the Bull Gin Complex will transition to the Kootenai National Forest as a type 4 incident on Sunday, 10/2 at 0700. Today crews wrap up suppression repair work on the Government and Billiard Fires. The fire continues to slowly creep and smolder through dried fuels, containment lines are in place. Firefighters continue point protection of structures and fire progression monitoring. Road and trail closures for the Isabella Lake Fire are lifted as of 0800 Friday, 9/30. Road and trail closures for the Government and Billiard Fires will be lifted at 0800 Monday, 10/3.

Public Resources:  

·         Daily Fire Updates can be accessed here or through the News tab in the blue bar located in the upper portion of this page.

·         A variety of maps are added daily to the Maps section in the blue bar in the upper portion of this page, or via this direct link. 

·         Public meetings may occur in the coming days. Announcements for additional public meetings are posted on Bull Gin Fire Inciweb home page and on the Kootenai National Forest Facebook page

Fire History: 
The Bull Gin Complex is comprised of three wildland fires including the Government Fire, the Billiard Fire, and the Isabella Lake Fire. These fires were the result of the lightning storm activity on August 31, 2022. On September 2, the fires were combined into the Bull Gin Complex. 

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginFriday September 02nd, 2022 approx. 08:50 PM
Location2 Miles NE of Heron, Mt.
Incident CommanderType 3 - Jess Register
Incident DescriptionWildfire
Coordinates48.087 latitude, -115.826 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel80
Size4,280 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained44%
Estimated Containment DateMonday October 31st, 2022 approx. 06:00 PM
Fuels Involved

Timber (Litter and Understory)

Significant Events

Fire behavior observed: Minimal smoldering.

The moisture from recent rains has cooled and wetted available fuels. Primary carriers of heat are heavy fuels, like downed logs, that remained dry under thick canopy.


Projected Incident Activity

12 Hours: Minimal fire activity due to current cloud cover and rain.

24 Hours: Minimal fire activity due to current cloud cover and rain.

48 Hours: Minimal fire activity due to precipitation received on 9/29.


Government Fire 2,785 acres; 26% completed

Billiard Fire 1,210 acres; 45% completed

Isabella Lake Fire 284 acres; 90% completed

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Cooler temperatures will persist today over the fire area. Cloud cover will decrease and winds will increase, possibly into the weekend.

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