Montana: Pole and Fine Fires

Pole Fire
Pole Fire – USFS photo

The Pole and Fine Fires are burning a mile apart in southwest Montana 18 miles southwest of Ennis and 47 miles northwest of West Yellowstone. The lightning-caused fires were discovered June 30 in stands of standing dead and down timber.

Firefighters are engaging the fires as they move out of the timber stands into meadows in order to minimize exposure to numerous snags. Actions to secure the whitebark pine stand adjacent to the Pole Fire continue. Structure and private property assessments are on-going on the Fine fire.

Pole and Fine Fires
Vicinity map for the Pole and Fine Fires. Click to enlarge.

The heat-sensing satellites, capable of detecting large concentrations of heat from vegetation fires, has not found any since July 1 at 4:30 a.m.

Map Pole-Fine Fire
They yellow icons represent heat detected by a satellite over the Pole and Fine Fires at 4:30 a.m. MDT July 1, 2016. Click to enlarge.