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Miller Gulch Fire

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Lolo National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
24 Fort Missoula Road
Missoula, MT 59804

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Miller Gulch Fire Update – September 7, 2019

Miller Gulch Fire Wildfire
Announcements – 9/7/2019

Miller Gulch Fire Update – September 7, 2019

As anticipated, wetting rains moved over the fire area Friday afternoon and evening. Approximately .1 inches of rain fell on the fire area which greatly moderated fire behavior. Because of this and additional anticipated precipitation in the coming days, the fire is no longer being staffed overnight. However, firefighters will continue to patrol the area during the day and conduct periodic patrol flights of the fire area, as needed, for the foreseeable future.

Because of cooler, wet weather patterns, no new fire growth has occurred over the last two days and current fire behavior is smoldering, creeping and backing. No structures are threatened.

Residents of Miller Flats and those recreating in upper Rock Creek will continue to observe smoke, and at times, active burning with visible flame. Smoke may settle in valley bottoms at night. The Miller Gulch Fire will likely smolder until a season-ending event occurs.

The fire is uncontained and uncontrolled and will continue to be so until a season-ending event occurs. The fire continues to be managed under a confine and contain strategy which means natural barriers such as cliff bands, existing burned areas, and prescribed burn areas are being utilized to confine the fire to a certain location. Although some fire activity may occur on warm, dry days, the likelihood of the fire threatening structures or infrastructure in the area is low.


  • Start Date: August 19, 2019

  • Cause: Lightning

  • Location: Located approximately 20 miles south of I-90 off of Rock Creek Road and a mile east and upslope of Bitterroot Flat Campground

  • Terrain: steep, rugged, inaccessible terrain

  • Fuel type: Grass, mountain shrub, heavy dead and downed trees and heavy timber

  • Closures: None

  • Acres: 297

  • Structures Threatened: No structures or infrastructure threatened at this time

  • Personnel on Fire: 3 (One engine and Incident Commander)