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Margaret Fire

Unit Information

Flathead National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
650 Wolfpack Way
Kalispell, MT 59901

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Incident Contact

Hungry Horse Ranger Station
Phone: 406-387-3800
Hours: Mon - Fri 8:00a - 4:30p

Highlighted Activity

09/06/2022 Margaret Fire Closure Order
Order Number: # 01-10-06-22-09 U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Forest Service Flathead National Forest Hungry Horse Ranger District Area Closure PROHIBITIONS Pursuant to 16 U.S.C. § 551 and 36.
Closure - 09/06/2022
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The Margaret Fire was detected by Baptiste Lookout on August 22, 2022 (correction from the original reporting stating the fire was detected by aircraft). The wildfire is burning on the ridge north of Margaret Lake, it is on the upper third of the slope on steep rocky terrain.

As of September 23, rain totals over the fire amounted to 0.98 inches and fire activity is primarily smoldering. The minimal fire activity is along the Forest Creek Road (FS Road 895E). On the Forest Creek side the fire continues to creep to the south and east towards old cutting units; these units appear to be acting as a barrier to fire spread. On the north side, above Graves Bay, the fire has backed to within 15 feet of the West Side Reservoir Road (FS 895). Fire personnel have been in the area every day to continue assessing fire growth in relation to values at risk and update public information. 

Given the fire location, steep rocky terrain, and limited access, the strategy will be point protection of values at risk. An official Area, Road, and Trail Closure has been posted effective 9/9/2022. Hungry Horse Ranger District will continue to patrol this fire from the ground and air, keep the public informed on changes in fire activity, and evaluate the need for additional trail, road, and area closures. 

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginMonday August 22nd, 2022 approx. 12:00 AM
Location13 miles E of Bigfork, MT
Incident CommanderType 4 Incident Commander: Reid, Milne Trainee
Coordinates48.1 latitude, -113.808 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel8
Size1,554 Acres
Estimated Containment DateMonday October 31st, 2022 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber with understory litter and brush.

Significant Events

Minimal fire activity, smoldering


Planned Actions

Fire personnel will continue to patrol the fire from ground and air and keep the public informed on changes in fire activity.


This will be the last daily update unless significant changes occur.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Today, after the 9/22/22 rain event the fire received 0.98 inches of precipitation. High pressure is expected to build over the fire area through at least mid-week.

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Margaret Fire Closure Order Closure - 9/6/2022