Flathead National Forest
Monahan Fire Update
August 4th, 2017 6:00 P.M.
Incident Commander: Mike Mansson
Summary: The Monahan Fire was reported at approximately 5:30 pm on Sunday July, 16th. The incident is located between Monahan Mountain on the Lolo National Forest and Little Apex Mountain on the Flathead National Forest. The total acreage of the fire on August 4th was 1873: 350 acres are on the Lolo N.F. and 1,523 acres are on the Flathead N.F. The fire is being managed for resource benefit including allowing the fire to play its natural ecological role with consideration for public and firefighter safety and point protection of historic resources and trail infrastructure. The fire is being managed by the Flathead National Forest, at the Spotted Bear Ranger District office.
The flight today detected moderate activity in the area between Pinnacle Peak and Foolhen Mountain, with fingers of fire extending into the Calf Creek drainage. The fire growth remains predominately on the Flathead NF. An increasingly unstable atmosphere is forecast to precede an approaching cold front.
Planned Actions: Public safety and the safety of agency personnel remain the primary management objectives of the incident. Fire personnel will continue to monitor fire activity. Structure protection plans are in place for the Danaher and Basin Creek cabins on the Flathead N.F., and Burnt Creek cabin on the Lolo N.F.
Resources: This is a Type 4 Incident being managed by the Flathead National Forest fire personnel.
Location: The fire started in Township 18 N Range 12 W Section 33. The fire perimeter extends from Monahan Mountain on the Lolo National Forest northeast to Pinnacle Peak and Little Apex Mountain on the Flathead National Forest, with some fire movement into the Calf Creek drainage.
Terrain and Vegetation: Terrain is dominated by moderately timbered/rocky steep slopes. The fire is burning at high elevations in heavy surface fuels, subalpine fir, and a timber/grass understory.
Fire Behavior: Smoke from neighboring fires continues to impact the Monahan Fire. The fire continues its slow progression, creeping and smoldering with isolated pockets of torching and some short-range spotting. Some growth was observed in the area between Pinnacle Peak and Foolhen Mountain, with fingers of growth into the Calf Creek drainage. An increasingly unstable atmosphere is forecast to precede an approaching cold front, producing increasing northeast winds, possible showers and thunderstorms into Saturday afternoon.
Closures: Effective August 1st, 2017
On the Flathead NF, FS Trails #143, #227, #265, #142, #140, and #144 are closed in their entirety. FS Trail #278 from Limestone Pass to the junction with FS Trail #277 is closed, and FS Trail #126 is closed from the Dry Fork – Flathead Divide to its junction with FS Trail #139.
On the Lolo NF, FS Trails #402 and #414 are closed in their entirety. FS Trail #31 is closed from its junction with FS Trail #414 to its terminus.
Contact: Flathead National Forest, Spotted Bear Ranger Station (406) 758-5376. Hours of Operation 8:00am-4:30pm, 7 days a week. Lolo National Forest, Seeley Lake Ranger Station (406) 677-2233. Hours of operation 8:00am-4:30pm, Monday to Friday. Or contact LoloNFFires2017@gmail.com.