While the summer fire season in Montana has not been as severe in states like Idaho and California, there are still a few active wildfires in the state.
Glacier National Park says the Quartz Fire is estimated to be about 1,700 acres as of Monday. One crew is staged at the Quartz Lake Cabin to reinforce structure protection and patrol fire behavior throughout the week. The new North Camas Fire started Sunday evening in the upper Camas Creek drainage. The fire is burning in steep terrain and was estimated to be less than 10 acres on Tuesday. The Swiftcurrent lookout that discovered the fire continues to monitor fire behavior.
The Bill Gin Complex Fire consists of three wildfires that are 0% contained. The acreage of each fire was updated as of Monday night. The Government Fire northeast of Noxon has burned approximately 200 acres of land. Crews are focusing on creating shaded fuel breaks to slow the spread from the west side of the fire. The Billiard Fire northeast of Heron is estimated to be over 400 acres. Crews are constructing fire lines with aviation support available to help slow the fire spread. The Isabella Lake Fire burning in the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness is nearly 160 acres. As of Tuesday, the fire is unstaffed and monitored from the air. Closures are in place near the Government Fire and Isabella Lake Fire.
According to the Bitterroot National Forest, the Mill Lake Fire burning west of Corvallis, Montana, has grown to 450 acres with minimal fire activity. Water bucket drops on Monday helped slow the fire. Fire personnel began thinning brush and fuels with additional resources. No structures or infrastructure are currently threatened.
The National Weather Service issued a red flag warning for western and Southern Montana from noon to midnight for Wednesday. High temps, low humidity, and wind gusts of up to 30 mph are expected. The impact of this weather could be new fires starting with unpredictable fire behavior. Possible thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening are expected for west and north Billings, with dry lightning and wind gusts of up to 60 mph.
MT Fire Info estimates that there are 60 active wildfires in Montana, with eight in the last day. The acreage of these new fires is less than five acres or was unavailable.