Containment Reached on the Wagon Mountain Fire

August 9, 2019

Containment Reached on the Wagon Mountain Fire

MISSOULA, MT– Slow moving thunderstorms with frequent lightning are forecasted for the afternoon and will come with wind gusts up to 30 mph, and moderate to heavy rain in the core of the storms. Thunderstorms are expected again Saturday, and some may be severe with large hail. Rain will continue Saturday night into Sunday.

Updates Wagon Mountain Fire, Missoula Ranger District: (This will be last update until Monday unless there are significant changes.)

Location: Located on Wagon Mountain, approximately 2 miles northeast of Lolo Pass Visitor Center and east of Highway 12. Not to be confused with the Wagon Mountain Road between Graves Creek and Fish Creek Roads on the west side of Highway 12.

Status: Firefighting resources reached 100% containment yesterday. Camp for overnighting firefighters at the Lee Creek Campground was demobilized and the campground will remain closed for staging. Resources will remain on scene due to the fuel type. The weather is favorable for minimal fire behavior. As of this morning, light perception is over the fire. Currently a Type 4 Incident Commander, an Incident Commander Trainee, and a Grayback Forestry Crew will continue mopping up the fire and extinguishing hot spots.

Acres: Approximately 17 acres

Cause: Lightning

Fire behavior: Smoldering.

Closures: Lee Creek Campground is closed for staging of firefighting equipment and overnighting firefighters. There is an area closure in effect around the fire for the protection of firefighting resources and public safety. This will include closures of the Lee Creek Road #699, Lee Ridge Trail #295, Wagon Mountain Trail #300 and a segment of the historic Lolo Trail #15 (Nez Perce and Lewis and Clark National Historic Trails) from Highway 12 to the Montana/Idaho border. Please see InciWeb (listed below) or the Lolo National Forest website ( for the specific closure order and map.

The closure is anticipated to be lifted tomorrow (August 10th). Please check Facebook and InciWeb for the most current information.

Structures or other values at risk: None at this time. No evacuations are in effect.

To celebrate Smokey’s 75th Birthday today, memorize the steps to full extinguish a campfire. Drown the campfire ashes with lots of water. Use a shovel to stir the ashes and water into a “mud pie.” Be sure to scrape around the edges of the fire to get all the ashes mixed in. Drown the ashes with water again. Hold your bare hand just above the wet ashes, especially around the edges of the fire. DO NO touch the ashes or you might burn yourself. If you feel heat, stir more water into the ashes. If you see smoke, please report it to the Missoula Interagency Dispatch Center at (406) 829-7070 or 911.

2019 Fire Season: The Lolo National Forest remains in very high fire danger. This year to date there have been 53 wildfires within the Lolo National Forest protection area; 34 human caused, 19 lightning caused. So far, approximately 476 acres have been impacted by wildfire on the Lolo National Forest.

For continued updates please visit InciWeb at  and follow the Lolo National Forest on Facebook @lolonationalforest and on Twitter @LoloNF.

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