Coal Ridge Fire Summary from Inciweb – Aug. 14

By | August 15, 2018

In case you missed it, here is the summary from Inciweb on Aug. 14.

FIRE SUMMARY: The Coal Ridge Fire is burning in the Flathead National Forest. This fire is being managed with modified confine and contain tactics, with fire fighter and public safety as a priority. The fire is burning in steep terrain with subalpine forest and brushy avalanche chutes. There are no evacuation warnings in place on this incident. Any warning notices or evacuations will be coordinated with the Flathead Office of Emergency Services.

CURRENT SITUATION: Following lightning storms across the Flathead National Forest evening of August 11, the Coal Ridge Fire was detected the next morning. A Type 3 fire management team is assigned to the fire. Cooler temperatures and higher relative humidity yesterday led to minimal fire behavior with limited growth. As a pre-emptive defense measure, the Coal Ridge Patrol Cabin was wrapped yesterday evening.

Today’s plan is to begin implementing shaded fuel breaks on area roads and previously treated units, using heavy equipment. The equipment utilized will include: skidgine, feller-buncher, skidder and dozer. An area closure has been ordered for the area, closing local roads and trails. A section of the PNW National Scenic Trail, between Polebridge to the East and Red Meadow Lake to the West, is impacted by this closure. The recommended alternate route is Red Meadow Road #115, which runs parallel to the trail north of the closure. Please see the enclosed map for further detail. A Type 1 Management Team has been ordered and will begin managing the fire, along with other fires in the zone, on Thursday.

GENERAL INFORMATION: The Flathead National Forest, excluding the Great Bear and Bob Marshall Wilderness Areas, is implementing Stage 2 fire restrictions at 0001 on Thursday, August 16th. Under these restrictions, the following is prohibited: building/maintaining a camp fire, smoking except within buildings/vehicles and specific areas. Hoot owl hours apply for internal combustion engines and welding. For more information, see

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