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.
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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.
|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Friday September 02nd, 2022 approx. 08:50 PM|
|Location||2 Miles NE of Heron, Mt.|
|Incident Commander||Type 3 - Jess Register|
|Coordinates||48.087 latitude, -115.826 longitude|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||44%|
|Estimated Containment Date||Monday October 31st, 2022 approx. 06:00 PM|
Timber (Litter and Understory)
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
Cooler temperatures will persist today over the fire area. Cloud cover will decrease and winds will increase, possibly into the weekend.