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Unit Information

24 Fort Missoula Road 
24 Fort Missoula Road 

Incident Contacts

Missoula Ranger District
Phone: 406-329-3814
Hours: 9:00 a.m.- 3:30 p.m., M-F

The Boulder Lake Fire was reported on Sept. 3, 2022, and is burning primarily in the Rattlesnake Wilderness, east of Boulder Lake on the Missoula Ranger District. A Point-Zone Protection strategy is being utilized in the Wilderness. This strategy protects highly valued resources (such as buildings, infrastructure, or recreational assets) from the fire, utilizing various natural and geographic features (past wildfires, trails, rock, and cliff bands) while protecting other values consistent with the Rattlesnake Wilderness. Additionally, fire managers will be utilizing a confine and contain suppression strategy to engage the eastern and southeastern flanks of the fire outside of the Wilderness. Containment opportunities may include existing burn scars, natural barriers, and road systems. 

Firefighters are patrolling and monitoring the fire via air and from vantage points on the ground and utilizing fuel moisture measurements, field weather observations, and fire models to inform the suppression strategy. 

Fire Information is posted at the following locations:

  • Main Rattlesnake Trailhead
  • Rattlesnake Horse Trailhead
  • Gold Creek Road near Highway 200

NEW UPDATE! CLOSURES: The Area Closure has been lifted. Please exercise caution when entering a burned area as hazards exist. 

Basic Information
Current as of Mon, 09/19/2022 - 13:25
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning
Date of Origin
Location Missoula Ranger District
Incident Commander Type 4 Incident Command
Incident Description wildfire
Coordinates 47° 4' 14'' Latitude
-113° 49'
'' Longitude
Current Situation
Total Personnel: 6
Size 1,831 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 0%
Fuels Involved

Mixed conifer, subalpine fir predominant. Heavy dead and down trees with overhead hazards (snag trees).

Significant Events

Smoke may be visible from Missoula, Seeley Lake, Highway 200, and Arlee.

Planned Actions

Cool weather and higher humidity are anticipated through the rest of the week (9/19-9/23) with a chance of precipitation mid-week.

Crews will continue to patrol the fire area through the week. The area closure remains in place for public safety.

The south flank of the fire is still producing light smoke, smoldering in heavy dead/down fuels. The Gold Creek Cabin remains unburned.