Allen Chrisman

2018 Fire Outlook

Fire Season Outlook May-June-July

Well, I had hoped that we would get a better forecast for the fire season.  This doesn’t look good. Northern Rockies: Normal Significant Wildland Fire Potential is expected for the Northern Rockies in May and June. For July and August, Above Normal Significant Wildland Fire Potential is expected from central Montana west through the Idaho Panhandle, excluding the Beaverhead Deer… Read more →

Wildfire Risk Assessment Request

2017 was a record year for Wildland Fire in Montana with some 1.4 million acres burned. Fortunately, the North Fork escaped large fires. However, with our long history of large fires in 1988, 2001 and 2003, it is only a matter of time before we see large fire return to the North Fork. Many North Fork residents have taken advantage… Read more →

2018 Winter Interlocal Information

Here’s a message from Rob Davies, District Ranger for the Flathead National Forest who is hosting this year’s winter interlocal. The meeting will be held at the Glacier National Park, Community building, (the usual winter spot) in West Glacier, instead of the Hungry Horse Forest Service Conference room. Date: Wed Feb 21 Place: Community Building, Glacier Ntl Park, West Glacier, MT… Read more →

September Wildland Fire Outlook

Here is the link to the September/October/November Wildland Fire Outlook: https://www.nifc.gov/nicc/predictive/outlooks/monthly_seasonal_outlook.pdf For September in the Northern Rockies: Above Normal significant large fire potential is expected in all areas except Yellowstone National Park and eastern North Dakota in September where Normal Potential is expected. In October Above Normal significant large fire potential will continue across the southern Idaho Panhandle and across… Read more →

Real-Time Lightning Map

This link takes you to a map that shows in real-time the lightning strikes in our area. https://www.lightningmaps.org/?lang=en#m=sat;r=0;t=2;s=0;o=0;b=;n=0;y=48.5183;x=-113.6441;z=7;d=2;dl=2;dc=0; There is also an IOS app called “My Lightning Tracker” that you might try. It sends you notifications (alerts) when lightening strikes in your area.

Significant Wildland Fire Potential Outlook for August 2017

Outlook for Wildland Fire for August/September/October

Here is the Outlook for Wildland Fire for August/September/October:  https://www.nifc.gov/nicc/predictive/outlooks/monthly_seasonal_outlook.pdf This Outlook better represents the conditions we are seeing, both up the North Fork as well in more severe burning conditions across the rest of Montana.  This is in sharp contrast to the forecast from Predictive Services we received at our IMT Spring Meetings which forecasted a “slow normal” fire… Read more →

Closure of Trail Creek Road

This is a new closure order from Rob Davies, District Ranger of the Forest Service, via Allen Chrisman on the Kootenai, as a result of the Gibraltar Ridge Fire in the Eureka area. This closure effects travel from the North Fork over Trail Creek onto the Kootenai.  We will be posting signs today at the North Fork (junction of North… Read more →

Gibralter Fire Area Map 8.8.2017 a.m.

Gibralter Fire in Lower Graves Creek East of Eureka

I see that according to Kootenai Dispatch WildCAD, there is a new large fire (estimated 500 acres) 7 miles east of Eureka in lower Graves Creek.  It is about 20 miles due west of the North Fork Road at Whale Creek.  A Type 2 Incident Management Team has been ordered.  Rick Connell’s Western Montana IMT has been reserved, which means… Read more →

July-August-September Wildfire Outlook

In Northwest Montana we are still forecasted for a “normal” season, but with normal fire season in August, it should be busy. As Lynn probably mentioned at the NFLA Meeting Saturday, things are drying out quickly.  I was amazed at how dry the fine fuels around our cabins have gotten in just the past week without watering.  This reminds me… Read more →