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.