Wildfire season in Montana is dwindling now with the turn of the season. The National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) estimates 22 active fires in Montana, though many of these fires have been contained or are no longer being updated. Yourbigsky gathered information from InciWeb, MTfireinfo, and NIFC to provide fire updates for the state.
The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Division of Fire provided an update via social media for the Snyelm Fire burning south of St. Ignatius, Montana. The fire is estimated to be about 140 acres and is zero percent contained. A total of ten personnel are responding to the Snuyelm fire, and no structures are threatened. Aside from Mission Falls being closed for recreation, no evacuations or closures are issued. According to MT Fire info, the Snyelm fire was human-caused.
The Trail Ridge Fire in the Wisdom District of the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest started in late August and was caused by a lightning strike. Kyle Cole, one of the Incident Commanders, estimates the fire to be around 17,600 acres and is 65%contained. An Infrared flight was ordered Thursday night to get an exact fire acreage number. Warm, dry weather has increased fire activity, and has grown roughly 100 acres over the past several days. The Trail Ridge fire is actively burning on the northern edge of the fire and is moving towards Hilltop Mountain. Weather is expected to stay dry over the next few days and could further increase fire behavior. Smoke can possibly be seen from the Big Hole and Bitterroot valleys. Area closures are still present on Mink and Meadow Creek Road. Find a full closure here.
The Solomon Fire burning southeast of Missoula, Montana, is estimated to be about 430 acres. The last update for this fire on InciWeb was from October 10. All closures were lifted in the area on October 3. MT Fire Info says the fire was human-caused. Nine personnel are responding to the fire.