Flathead National Forest
Monahan Fire Update
August 9th, 2017 4:30 P.M.
Incident Commander: Nick Hasty
Summary: The Monahan Fire was reported at approximately 5:30 pm on Sunday July, 16th. 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 total acreage of the fire on August 6th was 1,895: 353 acres are on the Lolo N.F. and 1,542 acres are on the Flathead N.F. Minimal activity has been observed since the August 6th mapping, including on today’s reconnaissance flight. An updated perimeter will be mapped when activity warrants.
Transfer of command from Mike Mansson to Nick Hasty occurred on Monday evening, August 7th, at 2000. Due to the remote location of the fire, limited values at risk, and current fire activity, the incident will continue to be managed as a Type 4 incident.
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. There is a Wildland Fire Module from New Mexico assigned to the incident. There are firefighters stationed at Danaher Cabin to provide structure protection as needed.
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: The fire has progressed slowly, with continued creeping, smoldering and cleaning up of green pockets within the fire perimeter. Fire growth has been predominately on the northern edge of the fire, on the Flathead National Forest.
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.