The Elmo Fire was detected along Highway 28 on July 29, 2022, at approximately 4:30 PM. Although local Volunteer Fire Departments and Missoula Smokejumpers responded quickly, the fire grew significantly in the first few hours, prompting the initial evacuation of residences. The Northern Rockies Team 7 Type 2 Incident Management Team took over management of the Elmo Fire at 6 AM on Sunday, July 31, 2022.
Persistent fire weather (high temperatures and strong winds) pushed the fire north and east, requiring the need for further evacuations. Eight total structures were lost, including four primary residences. Over the last week, cooler temperatures and reduction in winds enabled firefighters to make consistent gains in containment. Northern Rockies Team 7 will transfer command of the fires to a Type 3 Incident Management Team lead by Incident Commander Ian Morgan at 6 AM on Sunday, August 14, 2022.
|Current as of||Fri, 08/19/2022 - 05:35|
|Date of Origin|
|Incident Commander||Trasitioned from Type 3 to Type 4 local organization|
47° 49' 6'' Latitude
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||78%|
|Estimated Containment Date||2022-08-20 12:00:00|
Fuel moisture, both live and dead, is very low. Forbes and ground cover at mid-slope and below is nearly cured.
Crews continue patrolling and mopping up along containment lines. The public will continue to see some interior smoke, fire crews are patrolling those areas.