The following is information from Flathead National Forest Public Affairs:
The Rapid Creek Fire that started on the Flathead National Forest has joined with the Elbow Pass and Triple Divide fires in the Lewis and Clark National Forest and all three are being managed as the Elbow Pass Complex.
The Elbow Pass Complex will be turned over to a fire management team Tuesday, July 31, 2012. The complex is estimated at 5,000 acres. Three hot-shot crews and three type 1 helicopters have been ordered to the complex.
The Prisoner Lake Fire spotted today in the Bob Marshall Wilderness quickly grew from about 175 acres to 3,000 acres this evening due to hot dry winds. It is burning in the Flathead National Forest north-west of the Elbow Pass Complex. This fire will be managed for suppression, but firefighter safety will be a concern because of steep rugged terrain and extremely dry fuels.
Some trail closures have been issued and there will likely be others issued as needed – check Inciweb for the latest information.
The Union Peak Fire has been renamed the Condon Mountain Fire after new mapping efforts better located the fire in the Swan Lake Ranger District. The Condon Mountain Fire made a wind-driven run this afternoon growing from a half-acre to 15 acres.
The Coal Creek Fire in the Glacier View/Hungry Horse Ranger District and the Pentagon Fire in the Bob Marshall Wilderness did not experience any growth today and both remain at about 3 acres.
One wildland firefighter suffered minor injuries on the Coal Creek Fire and was transported to Kalispell Regional Medical Center via ALERT.
The Flathead National Forest is now at “High” fire danger.