From Bill Walker…
The current area overview fire perimeter map is attached.
Cooler weather is moving in, but not much moisture. The north Fork Fires are not doing much of anything. The other fires in the area are still active, especially along the US/Canadian border, with everyone holding on for a season-ending event.
The Whale Butte fire is still at 515 acres with containment at 86%. Fire activity continues to be minimal. Crews are busy cleaning up and removing slash and debris.
Coal Ridge is at 280 acres. Containment is 64%. This one isn’t going anywhere. Nothing to report.
Howe Ridge is at 13,671 acres. Containment is at 19% (up from 17%). The fire is still making smoke and will likely to continue to do so until we get our season-ending event. Crews are still watching it carefully.
The Boundary Fire is at 2896 acres, up from 2673. Containment is at 13% (up from 12%). This blaze picked up another 200 acres and is now officially an international effort. The US and Canada dumped a lot of water on the eastern perimeter yesterday and plan more work to discourage the fire from spreading. The deputy Northern Rockies Type 1 Incident Management Team commander is now stationed in Waterton Lakes National Park. US and Canadian teams are working to construct direct fire line along the fire’s northeast perimeter.
The Paola Ridge Fire is at 919 acres and 45% containment. It is still active and still has potential for slow growth. US2 remains open, as do BNSF operations.
Whale Butte Fire: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6149/
Coal Ridge Fire: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6142/
Howe Ridge Fire: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6135/
Boundary Fire: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6170/
Paola Ridge Fire: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6140/