Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes- Division of Fire- Daily Fire Update

August 1, 2020

Magpie Rock Fire burnout operation a success, containment at 30 percent


Dixon, MT –The Magpie Rock fires growth slowed. With high temperatures and low RH’s, the efforts for firefighters has been challenging.  Acreage is at 3,167 acres. The fire continues to consume small pockets of unburned trees and vegetation inside the fire’s perimeter. This fire behavior, which accounts for the smoke visible from nearby areas, poses a continued threat to fire’s perimeter.

Aircraft continued to play a critical role in firefighting efforts yesterday due to steep and inaccessible terrain. Helicopters dropped water to cool hot spots, slowing the fire’s growth and providing safer conditions for firefighters constructing fire line.

Yesterday, firefighters conducted a burnout operation on Division Bravo and it was successful.  Division Zulu continued to mop-up and secure the fires edge in that division.  Division Alpha prepped for a burnout operation that will take place today. 

Today, Division Alpha will have an aerial burnout operation with a PSD (Plastic Sphere Dispenser) This operation will be done by helicopter, smoke and visibility permitting.


Weather, Mostly Sunny.  Temperatures will be 83-88 and relative humidity is expected to be 23-28 percent. Winds will be variable 2-4 mph. 

Three hundred and five personnel are now assigned to the Magpie Rock Fire. In addition to limiting the fire’s spread, firefighters are protecting values at risk where they can do so safely and effectively.  These values include watersheds, sensitive cultural and natural resources, private inholdings and local communities, air quality, and recreation areas.

Evacuation Notices: None at this time.  Structures Threatened: None at this time, although there are structures adjacent to the fire in Division Zulu with light fuels that have already burned.  Dixon Rural Fire Department is stationed at the home and local firefighters made defensible space on the structure.  When the fire first started the structures were threatened, because of the fuels the homes are in, but now the threat has been eliminated.

Road Closures: To reduce the risk to firefighters and public, the D-6000 road between Revais and Magpie, Magpie D-5000 road are closed.

If you have questions or concerns regarding this notice, please contact Division of Fire at 676-2550 or contact C.T. Camel, Fire Information Officer, at 406-676-2550 ext. 6407 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.