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Whetstone Ridge Fire

INCIDENT UPDATED 4 MIN. AGO

Approximate Location

46.049 latitude, -113.647 longitude

Incident Overview

The Meyers fire showing a column of smoke

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Both fires became active late yesterday afternoon. The acreage for the Whetstone Ridge Fire was not updated because of smoke hovering over the area. Helicopters dropped buckets of water to help cool down some of the hottest areas on the fires. The Whetstone Ridge Fire actively burned to the north and east. Crews are working on the north and west sides of the fire and also on the south end to establish a line around those areas of the fire. Explosives, to help build a line were utilized this morning. The Meyers Fire burned down towards Meyers Creek and some spots were detected across the creek up high in the drainage. One load of retardent was used on the north side of the fire. Spots are being detected ½ mile outside the main fire perimeter. The fire also pushed north out onto Whetstone Ridge.

We are asking the public to be very aware of fire traffic on the Moose Lake Road and to please observe the posted speed limit of 35 mph.

An area closure has been established for the Whetstone Ridge Fire.

The temporary flight restriction (TFR) has been enlarged significantly to encompass the area for both fire. For more information on the TFR go to http://tfr.faa.gov/. Please respect the airspace and do not fly drones in this area.


Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning
Date of OriginThursday July 13th, 2017 approx. 08:30 AM
Incident CommanderBobby Sutton and Brian Anderson
Incident DescriptionWildfire

Current Situation

Total Personnel100
Size374 Acres
Estimated Containment DateSaturday October 21st, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber (Litter and Understory)

Heavy Logging Slash

Significant Events

Observed fire behavior: Active, torching.

Outlook

Planned Actions

Utilize current trail system with fireline explosives. Constructing direct fireline on a small portion of fires edge then extending to connect to trail and road systems. Utilize bucket drops to delay spread to the north.

Projected Incident Activity

Continued torching creating spot fires at short and mid-range distance.

Remarks

Crews unable to complete tasks today due to increased fire behavior.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

A dry cold front is expected tomorrow producing two days of persistent 20 mph winds with low RH's. Warm, dry, windy conditions are expected to persist through the weekend.

Unit Information

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Beaverhead/Deerlodge National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
420 Barrett St
Dillon, MT 59725
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Incident Contacts

Arlee Staley
Email: astaley@fs.fed.us
Phone: 406-490-1818
Hours: Daily 7-10 pm
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