This information was just received from Ryan Butler, Assistant Fire Management Officer-Operations for the Hungry Horse-Glacier View Ranger District. Note that the Coal Ridge Fire is listed as a 10 acre blaze this morning . . .
An additional note from late this afternoon: “…no growth was shown on the fire overnight. Wetting rain was confirmed over the fire area and the fire is only smoldering in areas of heavy fuels. More wetting rain is anticipated over the next two days.”
Fire activity on Coal Ridge was brief yesterday. Not much growth observed from the day before. We did order Infrared Mapping last night (NIROPS) but they were unable to fly due to weather. We have an order placed tonight. This will give us a more accurate size and location of heat. Activity was mainly on the ridge top with single and group torching. As we have seen throughout the fire season on the district the north aspects don’t seem to be receptive to fire and we observed no fire on the north slopes in Moran Creek Drainage. We did have district fire folks on the ground yesterday to verify fire activity and difficulty in terrain. They had to take shelter in Moran Patrol cabin in the afternoon when a cell came over with heavy rain and hail. They guessed at least a tenth of rain on the fire. As always, please feel free to reach out to me if you have question. Thank You.