Update of July 31, 2022 at 1:35 p.m.:
There will be a public meeting on Monday, August 1 at 7 p.m.:midnight to Elmo Pow Wow Grounds for people looking to get more fire information.
Update of July 31, 2022 at 10:26 a.m.:
Flathead Lake State Park says it reopened their park’s Big Arm unit at 10 a.m.
It had been closed and evacuated on July 30 due to the nearby Elmo Fire.
All normal services will be open at the park.
Lake Mary Ronan State Park remains closed and under evacuation notice.
Update of July 30, 2022 at 9:19 p.m.:
The Montana Highway Patrol announced that Montana Route 28 has reopened to traffic. Drivers should always be aware of smoke and fire department vehicles in the area.
CSKT’s fire division said the evacuation of Chief Cliff Estates has been lifted.
The fire is estimated at 7,000 acres and the cause is still under investigation.
A temporary flight restriction has been issued for the airspace above the Elmo fire.
Update on July 30, 2022 at 4:40 p.m.:
The CSKT Fire Division says residents along Route 28 have been cleared to return home.
Route 28 is still closed to the public.
A Red Cross station has been set up for evacuees in Polson.
CSKT says the fire continues to grow toward Dayton.
The following is a press release from Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks Region 1 at 9:06 a.m. on July 30, 2022:
Due to an impending safety issue, FWP is closing Mary Ronan Lake State Park and Big Arm State Park in Lake County due to wildfire danger.
An evacuation order has been issued for the Elmo area, on the west side of Flathead Lake, around Montana Highway 28 and Lake Mary Ronan Road, from Mile 5 to U.S. Highway 93, the morning of July 30. The Elmo 2 fire burns in the Region.
Campers at Mary Ronan Lake State Park and Big Arm State Park have been evacuated and the sites are closed until safety issues are resolved upon further notice.
Montana Red Cross opened a shelter at Linderman School, 312 4e Ave. E. in Polson, for those displaced by fire. Residents can also request services by calling 800-272-6668.
For more information on FWP site restrictions and closures, visit https://fwp.mt.gov/news/current-closures-restrictions.
For up-to-date information on the Montana wildfires, visit https://www.mtfireinfo.org.
ELMO, Mont. — A 2,000-acre wildfire broke out near Elmo, prompting evacuations and road closures.
Near the first anniversary of the Boulder 2700 fire, another fire begins to burn near Flathead Lake. Currently, the fire is burning along Highway 28, about seven miles to the west.
CSKT CT Camel Fire Officer tells us that Highway 28 is now closed and this fire has spread to more than 2,000 acres, making it the largest fire at the Montana resort this season. forest fires.
Camel also says three dozen homes near Elmo are being evacuated.
According to a Montana Department of Transportation report, there is no viability in the area and Highway 28 is closed between Hot Springs and Elmo. The Polson Chamber of Commerce posted on its social media account that at least seven different agencies responded, with nearly 120 firefighters heading north of the city. Several planes and helicopters also respond.
Crews are evacuating livestock and subdivisions from the area. And the Red Cross is setting up an evacuation center at Linderman School.
Level 3 evacuations are required near Elmo. The area southeast of Elmo is level 1. The area northwest towards Dayton is level 2.
This article will be updated with more information as it develops.