2017-10-6 FINAL Inciweb Post for Sapphire Complex
This is the FINAL Inciweb post for the Sapphire Complex, including Little Hogback, Goat Creek and Sliderock Fires. Suppression-repair work continues on the portion of the Little Hogback Fire that is.. more
The complex includes parts of the Lolo National Forest and the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest. The fires burned in steep, rocky terrain between the Rock Creek Road and Upper Willow Creek drainage. Approximately thirty-five residences along Upper Rock Creek Road, from Stony Creek, north up to and including Wild Rose Lane were impacted. No residencies have been lost.
|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Monday July 24th, 2017 approx. 03:18 PM|
|Location||25 miles east of Missoula, south of I-90 in the Rock Creek drainage.|
|Incident Commander||Type 3-Jesse Kurpius/Dave Williams|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||100%|
|Estimated Containment Date||Tuesday October 31st, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM|
Timber (Litter and Understory); closed timber litter; short grass (1 foot).
The fire is primarily burning within mixed conifer stands dominated by lodgepole pine, Douglas-fir and subalpine fir with a moderate dead/down component from beetle kill. Standing dead bug killed timber is 20-40%. ERC for today was 10. 1000 hour fuels are at 16%.
Minimal and smoldering fire behavior is observed. Significant weather pattern changes with multiple rounds of precipitation have drastically reduced any potential for fire behavior.
Little Hogback will continue suppression repair as weather and road conditions will allow.
|Projected Incident Activity|
12 hours: Smoldering will persist under dense canopies in heavy fuels and deep duff.
24 hours: Minimal fire activity due to cold temperatures and past precipitation.
48 hours: Minimal fire activity.
72 hours: No change
Anticipated after 72 hours: No change.
Snow levels and precipitation are impacting suppression repair efforts on higher elevation portions of the fires.