Zortman, Montana Fire Update 7.5.17
By angelamontana

Posted: July 5, 2017

Below is the latest on the Zortman fire as of 9:30pm on the 4th of July via InciWeb.

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The July Fire is estimated at 1,669 acres.

While winds and terrain mainly carried the fire away from Zortman on Tuesday, July 4th, it did creep slowly to within a quarter-mile of town.

No mandatory evacuations have been ordered at this time. However, law enforcement officers from the Phillips County Sheriff’s Office and BLM are in the vicinity to assist with evacuations, if they become necessary.

About 136 wildland firefighers are assigned to the fire.
The fire is burning in mixed timber, mainly on BLM-managed lands. There is no containment at this early phase of extended attack.

Connell’s Western Montana Type 2 Incident Management Team has been ordered in to manage the fire.

The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for the area for Wednesday afternoon and evening due to forecast hot temperatures, low humidity, and gusty winds.

Basic Information

Current as of 7/4/2017, 9:43:53 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Unknown
Date of Origin Monday July 03rd, 2017 approx. 04:30 PM
Location 1 mile SW of Zortman, MT
Incident Commander Josh Barta

Current Situation

Total Personnel 136
Size 1,669 Acres
Fuels Involved Timber (litter, grass and understory)
Significant Events Active fire with short crown runs, isolated torching, and spotting


Planned Actions Continue to work from anchor point building line around the perimeter
Projected Incident Activity Potential for the fire to impact the community of Zortman
Remarks Type 2 IMT ordered and will in-brief on 07/05/15 at 1500

Current Weather

Weather Concerns Hot and dry weather forecast for the next 7 days