Weasel Fire update for the morning of August 13th

Weasel Fire - Wrapped Bridge, August 5, 2022 - USFS
Weasel Fire – Wrapped Bridge, August 5, 2022 – USFS

Summary: The weasel Fire added 82 acres yesterday, distributed here and there along the western and southern edges, and to the northeast and east in Canada…

According to this morning’s IR (heat mapping) pass, the Weasel Fire gained 82 acres yesterday and is now estimated at 3483 acres. Better than half of this area is in Canada. Expansion was distributed here and there along the western and southern areas in the U.S., and to the northeast and east in Canada. The blaze is currently burning in the Kootenai National Forest, the far northwest corner of the North Fork in the Flathead Forest’s Glacier View district, and in Canada. See the attached map for fire location and extent.

The US and Canada are working together to control the Weasel Fire. From the InciWeb site: Jurisdictional collaboration is occurring between the Incident Management Team (IMT) in the United States located in Eureka, Montana and the BC Wildfire Service Incident Management Team in Canada, located in Cranbrook. The two IMT’s are closely coordinating on wildfire management and are sharing resources as required.

The area closure associated with the fire was finalized August 9 and includes segments of both the Kootenai and Flathead Forests. For the North Fork, this affects an area above Trail Creek Road north to the border and from the Whitefish Divide east to the Frozen Lake Road vicinity. Trail Creek Road remains open. See the attached map and closure order document. Also note that, beginning August 22, major work will be in progress in the Glacier View Ranger District on Trail Creek Road (NFS 114) that will restrict travel for about a month.

Monitor the Weasel Fire InciWeb site for additional information (https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/8290/); in Canada, visit the British Columbia Wildlife Service “Weasel Creek Fire” site (http://bcfireinfo.for.gov.bc.ca/hprScripts/WildfireNews/OneFire.asp?ID=883). Also keep an eye on the NFLA website for fire-related postings.

Weasel Fire Heat Map, August 13, 2022
Weasel Fire Heat Map, August 13, 2022
Weasel Fire Area Closure Map
Weasel Fire Area Closure Map

Weasel Fire update for the morning of August 12th

Summary: The weasel Fire added 156 acres yesterday, mostly along the western edge and to the northeast and east in Canada…

According to this morning’s IR (heat mapping) pass, the Weasel Fire gained 156 acres yesterday and is now estimated at 3401 acres, with a little over half its area in Canada. Expansion was distributed mostly along the western edge in Lincoln County and, in Canada, along the northeast and to the leading edges of the “island perimeters” east of the main burn. The blaze is currently burning in the Kootenai National Forest, the far northwest corner of the North Fork in the Flathead Forest’s Glacier View district, and in Canada. See the attached map for fire location and extent.

The US and Canada are working together to control the Weasel Fire. From the InciWeb site: Jurisdictional collaboration is occurring between the Incident Management Team (IMT) in the United States located in Eureka, Montana and the BC Wildfire Service Incident Management Team in Canada, located in Cranbrook. The two IMT’s are closely coordinating on wildfire management and are sharing resources as required.

The area closure associated with the fire was finalized August 9 and includes segments of both the Kootenai and Flathead Forests. For the North Fork, this affects an area above Trail Creek Road north to the border and from the Whitefish Divide east to the Frozen Lake Road vicinity. Trail Creek Road remains open. See the attached map and closure order document. Also note that, beginning August 22, major work will be in progress in the Glacier View Ranger District on Trail Creek Road (NFS 114) that will restrict travel for about a month.

Monitor the Weasel Fire InciWeb site for additional information (https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/8290/); in Canada, visit the British Columbia Wildlife Service “Weasel Creek Fire” site (http://bcfireinfo.for.gov.bc.ca/hprScripts/WildfireNews/OneFire.asp?ID=883). Also keep an eye on the NFLA website for fire-related postings.

Weasel Fire Heat Map, August 12, 2022
Weasel Fire Heat Map, August 12, 2022
Weasel Fire Area Closure Map
Weasel Fire Area Closure Map

Weasel Fire update for the morning of August 11th

Weasel Creek Wildfire - Aggressive fire behaviour witnessed at 1600 August 8 - BC Wildlife Service (Canada)
Weasel Creek Wildfire – Aggressive fire behaviour witnessed at 1600 August 8 – BC Wildlife Service (Canada)

Summary: The weasel Fire added only 16 acres yesterday, with minor advances in the same areas that have been active the past few days…

According to this morning’s IR (heat mapping) pass, the Weasel Fire gained 16 acres yesterday and is now estimated at 3245 acres, with a little over half its area in Canada. Expansion was distributed across the areas that have been active over the past few days: the Kootenai National Forest to the west, along the eastern/northeastern perimeter in Canada and in a section of the southern perimeter in the neighborhood of Frozen Lake where it is approaching the old 2017 Weasel burn scar. The blaze is currently burning in the Kootenai National Forest, the far northwest corner of the North Fork in the Flathead Forest’s Glacier View district, and in Canada. See the attached map for fire location and extent.

The US and Canada are working together to control the Weasel Fire. From the InciWeb site: Jurisdictional collaboration is occurring between the Incident Management Team (IMT) in the United States located in Eureka, Montana and the BC Wildfire Service Incident Management Team in Canada, located in Cranbrook. The two IMT’s are closely coordinating on wildfire management and are sharing resources as required.

The area closure associated with the fire was finalized August 9 and includes segments of both the Kootenai and Flathead Forests. For the North Fork, this affects an area above Trail Creek Road north to the border and from the Whitefish Divide east to the Frozen Lake Road vicinity. Trail Creek Road remains open. See the attached map and closure order document. Also note that, beginning August 22, major work will be in progress in the Glacier View Ranger District on Trail Creek Road (NFS 114) that will restrict travel for about a month.

Monitor the Weasel Fire InciWeb site for additional information (https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/8290/); in Canada, visit the British Columbia Wildlife Service “Weasel Creek Fire” site (http://bcfireinfo.for.gov.bc.ca/hprScripts/WildfireNews/OneFire.asp?ID=883). Also keep an eye on the NFLA website for fire-related postings.

Weasel Fire Map, August 11, 2022
Weasel Fire Map, August 11, 2022
Weasel Fire Area Closure Map
Weasel Fire Area Closure Map

Weasel Fire update for the morning of August 10th

Weasel Fire - Smoke Column, August 4, 2022 - USFS
Weasel Fire – Smoke Column, August 4, 2022 – USFS

Summary: The weasel Fire added 162 acres yesterday, mostly to the west, south and east…

According to this morning’s IR (heat mapping) pass, the Weasel Fire gained 162 acres yesterday and is now estimated at 3229 acres. Most of the expansion was in the Kootenai National Forest to the west, along the eastern perimeter in Canada and in a section of the southern perimeter in the neighborhood of Frozen Lake where it is approaching the old 2017 Weasel burn scar. The blaze is currently burning in the Kootenai National Forest, the far northwest corner of the North Fork in the Flathead Forest’s Glacier View district, and in Canada. See the attached map for fire location and extent.

The US and Canada are working together to control the Weasel Fire. From the InciWeb site: Jurisdictional collaboration is occurring between the Incident Management Team (IMT) in the United States located in Eureka, Montana and the BC Wildfire Service Incident Management Team in Canada, located in Cranbrook. The two IMT’s are closely coordinating on wildfire management and are sharing resources as required.

The area closure associated with the fire was finalized August 9 and includes segments of both the Kootenai and Flathead Forests. For the North Fork, this affects an area above Trail Creek Road north to the border and from the Whitefish Divide east to the Frozen Lake Road vicinity. Trail Creek Road remains open. See the attached map and closure order document.

Monitor the Weasel Fire InciWeb site for additional information: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/8290/. Also keep an eye on the NFLA website for fire-related postings.

Weasel Fire Map, August 10, 2022
Weasel Fire Map, August 10, 2022
Weasel Fire Area Closure Map
Weasel Fire Area Closure Map

Document: Weasel Fire Area Closure Order (PDF format)

 

Weasel Fire update for the morning of August 9th

Weasel Cabin Wrapped - Daniel Lemer
Weasel Cabin Wrapped – Daniel Lemer

Summary: As several people in the north end noticed, the Weasel Fire made a substantial run yesterday, increasing by 525 acres…

According to this morning’s IR (heat mapping) pass, the Weasel Fire gained 525 acres yesterday and is now estimated at 3067 acres. Most of the advances were along the eastern perimeter in Canada and along a section of the southern perimeter in the neighborhood of Frozen Lake. Within the North Fork, the fire crossed a segment of Frozen Lake Road paralleling the border, but did not move farther east. Again, a little more than half the overall fire acreage is in Canada. The blaze is currently burning in the Kootenai National Forest, the far northwest corner of the North Fork in the Flathead Forest’s Glacier View district, and in Canada. See the attached map for fire location and extent.

The US and Canada are working together to control the Weasel Fire. From the InciWeb site: Jurisdictional collaboration is occurring between the Incident Management Team (IMT) in the United States located in Eureka, Montana and the BC Wildfire Service Incident Management Team in Canada, located in Cranbrook. The two IMT’s are closely coordinating on wildfire management and are sharing resources as required.

The area closure associated with the fire now includes segments of both the Kootenai and Flathead Forests. For the North Fork, this affects an area above Trail Creek Road north to the border and from the Whitefish Divide east to the Frozen Lake Road vicinity. Trail Creek Road remains open. See the attached map for details.

Monitor the Weasel Fire InciWeb site for additional information: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/8290/. Also keep an eye on the NFLA website for fire-related postings.

Weasel Fire Map, August 9, 2022
Weasel Fire Map, August 9, 2022
Weasel Fire Area Closure Map
Weasel Fire Area Closure Map

Weasel Fire update for the morning of August 8th

Weasel Fire - Smoke Column, August 4, 2022 - USFS
Weasel Fire – Smoke Column, August 4, 2022 – USFS

Short version: The Weasel Fire grew by 230 acres yesterday, most of it in Canada…

According to this morning’s IR (heat mapping) pass, the Weasel Fire gained 230 acres yesterday and is now estimated at 2542 acres. The western perimeter of the fire grew along Weasel Creek, about 0.2 miles west of the Lincoln/Flathead County line, but the bulk of the increase was along the northeastern and eastern edges of the burn in Canada. A little more than half the fire acreage is now in Canada. The blaze is currently burning in the Kootenai National Forest, the far northwest corner of the North Fork in the Flathead Forest’s Glacier View district, and in Canada. See the attached map for fire location and extent.

The US and Canada are working together to control the Weasel Fire. From the InciWeb site: Jurisdictional collaboration is occurring between the Incident Management Team (IMT) in the United States located in Eureka, Montana and the BC Wildfire Service Incident Management Team in Canada, located in Cranbrook. The two IMT’s are closely coordinating on wildfire management and are sharing resources as required.

The area closure associated with the fire now includes segments of both the Kootenai and Flathead Forests. For the North Fork, this affects an area above Trail Creek Road north to the border and from the Whitefish Divide east to the Frozen Lake Road vicinity. Trail Creek Road remains open. See the attached map for details.

Monitor the Weasel Fire InciWeb site for additional information: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/8290/. Also keep an eye on the NFLA website for fire-related postings.

Weasel Fire Map, August 8, 2022
Weasel Fire Map, August 8, 2022
Weasel Fire Closure Map, August 6, 2022
Weasel Fire Closure Map, August 6, 2022

Weasel Fire update for the morning of August 7th

Weasel Fire on August 5, 2022, by Leif Haugen, Thoma Lookout
Weasel Fire on August 5, 2022, by Leif Haugen, Thoma Lookout

Using information from various online resources…

According to this morning’s IR (heat mapping) pass, the Weasel Fire gained another 38 acres yesterday and is now estimated at 2312 acres (the estimate posted last night was 2384 acres). The blaze is currently burning in the Kootenai National Forest, the far northwest corner of the North Fork in the Flathead Forest’s Glacier View district, and in Canada. See the attached map for fire location and extent.

The US and Canada are working together to control the Weasel Fire. From the InciWeb site: Jurisdictional collaboration is occurring between the Incident Management Team (IMT) in the United States located in Eureka, Montana and the BC Wildfire Service Incident Management Team in Canada, located in Cranbrook. The two IMT’s are closely coordinating on wildfire management and are sharing resources as required.

The area closure associated with the fire was increased to include segments of both the Kootenai and Flathead Forests yesterday. For the North Fork, this affects an area above Trail Creek Road north to the border and from the Whitefish Divide east to the Frozen Lake Road vicinity. Trail Creek Road remains open. See the attached map for details.

Monitor the Weasel Fire InciWeb site for additional information: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/8290/. Also keep an eye on the NFLA website for fire-related postings.

Weasel Fire Map, August 7, 2022
Weasel Fire Map, August 7, 2022
Weasel Fire Closure Map, August 6, 2022
Weasel Fire Closure Map, August 6, 2022

Weasel Fire update for the morning of August 6th

Weasel Fire - Extreme Fire Behavior, August 4, 2022 - USFS
Weasel Fire – Extreme Fire Behavior, August 4, 2022 – USFS

Using information from various online resources…

The Weasel Fire gained another 100 acres yesterday and is now estimated at 2274 acres. The blaze is currently burning in the Kootenai National Forest, the far northwest corner of the North Fork in the Flathead Forest’s Glacier View district, and in Canada. The Weasel fire has done a fair bit of spotting beyond the main perimeter and is still quite active. See the accompanying map for information on the fire’s extent.

There’s no official word yet on North Fork area trail and road closures, although it is safe to assume that at least some of the trails and Forest Service roads north of Trail Creek Road will be off-limits. There are no current plans to close Trail Creek Road itself.

Monitor the Weasel Fire InciWeb site for additional information: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/8290/. Also keep an eye on the NFLA website for fire-related postings.

Weasel Fire Map, August 6, 2022
Weasel Fire Map, August 6, 2022

Weasel Fire update for the morning of August 5th

Using information from various online resources…

The Weasel Fire, which began in the Kootenai National Forest, made a substantial run yesterday, jumping FS Road 319 and pushing northeast towards the Frozen Lake area and on into Canada north of Tuchuck Mountain.. It is now estimated at 2174 acres. The blaze is currently burning in the Kootenai National Forest, the far northwest corner of the North Fork in the Flathead Forest’s Glacier View district, and a substantial portion is in Canada. See the accompanying map for more information.

According to a note sent yesterday afternoon from Rob Davies, Hungry Horse/Glacier View District Ranger: “We are in touch with the Kootenai NF and the Canadians are in the communication loop as well. This is on Glacier View Ranger District and the lands consist of 5a Backcountry Non-Motorized Year-Round and 1b Recommended Wilderness Area and Tuchuck – Whale Recommended Wilderness.  There are no suppression actions planned at this time on the Flathead side of the fire.  We will be implementing/evaluating closures, updating signage and assessing any potential values at risk in the area.”

Monitor the Weasel Fire InciWeb site for additional information: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/8290/. Also keep an eye on the NFLA website for fire-related postings.

0930: Update from Andy Huntsberger, District Fire Management Officer: “We are… currently working on area/trail closures for this area.  We aren’t planning to close Trail Creek Road at this time but areas to the north of Trail Creek Road will be closed and some trails in the area will be affected.”

Bill

Weasel Fire Map, August 5, 2022
Weasel Fire Map, August 5, 2022

Weasel Fire pushes into North Fork; no risk to private property at this point

From Rob Davies, Hungry Horse/Glacier View District Ranger . . .

As of about 1200 today the Weasel Fire on the Kootenai NF has jumped FS Road 319 and is headed northeast towards the Frozen Lake area.  It is estimated that about 50 acres of the fire are now on the Flathead National Forest and the overall size is now over 200 acres.  We are in touch with the Kootenai NF and the Canadians are in the communication loop as well. This is on Glacier View Ranger District and the lands consist of 5a Backcountry Non-Motorized Year-Round and 1b Recommended Wilderness Area and Tuchuck – Whale Recommended Wilderness.  There are no suppression actions planned at this time on the Flathead side of the fire.  We will be implementing/evaluating closures, updating signage and assessing any potential values at risk in the area.  I have attached a map of the fire from this AM.  This does not include the fire growth from today but it will give you an idea of where the fire is located.  It should also be noted that there was a Weasel Fire from 2017 (3800 acres) on the Kootenai and Flathead and is directly east of the current Weasel Fire.

I recommend steering folks to InciWeb to find the latest-greatest info about the Weasel Fire: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/8290/.

Thanks,
Rob

Weasel Fire Map, August 3, 2022
Weasel Fire Map, August 3, 2022