Roaring Lion Fire Daily Update
Monday, September 12, 2016
Bitterroot National Forest
Hamilton, MT - The Bitterroot National Forest has announced that the area closure prompted by the Roaring Lion Fire southwest of Hamilton is being reduced. Areas now open to the public include Camas Creek Trail #125, Coyote Coulee trail system, Trail #59 up the North Fork of Lost Horse Creek and the Observation Point Road #496. See updated closure area map.
Although these areas are now open, officials are asking the public to use caution and good judgement as hazards still exist. The Forest will be posting information about hazard trees and other fire recovery safety tips at trailheads and parking areas adjacent to the fire.
Closures remain in effect for the following areas: Roaring Lion, Sawtooth and Ward Mountain Trailheads are all closed and will remain closed until the risk to the public has been mitigated. The public is being asked to honor the boundaries of this closure area until further notice.
The fire has not grown in size in more than a week and remains at 8,658 acres and 80% contained. Fire behavior has been minimal thanks to cooler temperatures and 3-5 inches of snow that fell on Ward Mountain last week. Fire suppression repair work is continuing with dozer and fire lines being restored. These areas will be put back to their original slope, seeded and water-barred to minimize erosion. Engines continue to patrol for any smokes or re-ignitions near fire lines or homes.
The National Weather Service is forecasting a widespread freeze tonight (Monday). Many folks in Western Montana will be waking up to temperatures in the upper 20’s. Tuesday through the weekend, expect high pressure to build into the region translating to dry conditions and a warming trend to above normal temperatures through the weekend.
Fire Danger is currently “Moderate” on the Bitterroot National Forest. Under these conditions fires can start from most accidental causes, but the number of fires is usually low and they are often easy to control. The Forest lifted Stage I fire restrictions last week. Even though restrictions are now lifted, the public, including hunters, are being asked to maintain vigilance when extinguishing campfires and while smoking outdoors. Campfires should be cold to the touch before they can be safely left unattended. Ravalli County’s restrictions on open burning remain in place. To see the current status of open burning visit https://app.mt.gov/burnpermit/
|Current as of|
|Cause||Unknown - Under Investigation|
|Date of Origin||Sunday July 31st, 2016 approx. 02:15 PM|
|Location||5 miles SW of Hamilton, MT|
|Incident Commander||JD Bauman|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||80%|
Timber (Grass and Understory)
Monitor and keep fire north of Camas Creek and south of Sawtooth Creek. Continue to patrol portions of the fire and quickly suppress any spot fires over that line. Continue structure protection efforts in the urban interface. Support initial attack locally.Fire suppression repair work (dozer line and hand line) is ongoing.