From Bill Walker…
I skipped Saturday (more trail time). The current set of fire perimeter maps is attached, as well as a photo of the Boundary Fire blow-up.
The winds that arrived in the area Friday afternoon gave Glacier Park and Canadian firefighters some trouble. The North Fork fires remained quiet.
The Whale Butte fire is still at 515 acres with containment at 86% (up from 83%). Fire activity is minimal, with the fire is on “patrol and monitor” status. Most of the equipment is being pulled out.
Coal Ridge is at 280 acres. Containment is 64%. This one isn’t going anywhere. There will be no more reports unless something changes significantly.
Howe Ridge is at 13,61 acres (up from 13,492). Containment is at 17% (up from 15%). The fire was pretty active along the northern and southern flanks starting Friday afternoon dues to increased winds. Aided by water drops, the fire line along the Inside North Fork Road is still holding.
The Boundary Fire is at 2673 acres, up from 1738. Containment is still 12%. This one really blew up with Friday afternoon’s increased winds, adding almost 1000 acres, most of it in Canada. The fire encountered rocky terrain and the remains of the 2017 Kenow burn, which slowed progress considerably.
The Paola Ridge Fire is at 919 acres (up from 887) and 45% containment. It still shows slow growth but 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/