Wildfire Fact Sheet
Monday, August 2, 2021 at 11:00AM
Information Phone: (406) 530-5107
Location: 8 miles east of Polson, MT Estimated Size: 1,134 acres Containment: 0%
Incident Command: Type 2 Northern Rockies Incident Management Team 4, Rick Connell, Incident Commander
Northern Rockies Incident Management Team 4 took command of the Boulder 2700 Fire at 6:00 a.m. this morning, August 2. The Team is working closely with local resources on a safe and successful transition.
Evacuations and Closures: Lake County Sheriff’s Office issued evacuation orders July 31 for residents along Highway 35 from mile marker 6 to 13 on the east side of Flathead Lake, including all of Finley Point. That notice remains in effect.
To ensure public and firefighter safety, Highway 35 is closed in both directions from Polson at the Highway 93/35 junction to Blue Bay mile marker 15.
There will be a community meeting this evening at 6:30 p.m. at the Polson High School Gym in Polson, MT to hear from the community and to provide the latest information on the Boulder 2700 fire, evacuations, and closures.
Current Status: Fire crews are supporting the Lake County Office of Emergency Management as they work through structure damage assessments the next several days. Fire crews are also providing structure protection within the fire area. Hazards remain in the fire area and ensuring public and firefighter safety is a high priority for fire management. The fire area has received from about .10 to .5 inch of rain, which is relatively insignificant, but higher humidity and cooler temps are helping the firefighting efforts.
Planned Actions: Today, firefighting will focus on providing structure protection as well as establishing the start of containment lines on both the north and south flanks of the fire perimeter and improving existing control lines to limit fire spread.
Rain and scattered thunderstorms are forecasted today, with a chance of rain continuing into tonight. Winds will be 3-6 mph, with gusts around storm cells. Tomorrow’s temperatures will return to the 80s, with drier conditions. Favorable higher humidity, low winds, and precipitation helps the firefighting effort.
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Background: The Boulder 2700 Fire is burning timber in the Mission Mountains east of Flathead Lake in steep roadless terrain on July 27. Initial attack fire crews worked hard against extreme fire behavior and dangerous conditions overnight to ensure public safety, contain the fire spread, and protect structures. Overnight on July 31, extreme wind shifts and temperatures in the 90s allowed the fire to spread past the control lines and through community areas.
Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR): There is a TFR in place for air space over the Boulder 2700 Fire (1-9057) to reduce impacts to fire aviation operations. Temporary flight restrictions also apply to unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) or drones. If you fly, we can’t!
Primary and Cooperating Agencies: Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Lake County Office of Emergency Management, Finley Point/Yellow Bay Fire Department, Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, U.S. Forest Service