Little Hogback/Sliderock Fire

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Little Hogback/Sliderock Fire

ANNOUNCEMENT

RED FLAG WARNING FOR MONDAY JULY 24, 2017
...RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT TODAY FROM 2 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 9 PM Mountain time THIS EVENING FOR CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER... for shifting winds out of the northwest 15 to 20 mph with gusts to 30 mph.. more

INCIDENT UPDATED 3 HRS. AGO

Approximate Location

46.588 latitude, -113.584 longitude

Incident Overview

Hogback Fire with Clouds afternoon of July 24

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UPDATED: 7/24/2017 7:30 am

Sliderock: (approx. 396 ac. 5% contained)
Firefighters continued to patrol and mop up around Sliderock Mountain. The fire backed towards the East Fork drainage while the northern edge presents little concern. All flanks of the fire will continue to be monitored over the hot days ahead.

Little Hogback: (approx. 2,326 ac. 0% contained)
Fire personnel worked throughout the day to prepare indirect firelines to the east and northeast. The fire was monitored by both air and ground resources, and with higher wind speeds predicted in the next few days additional growth is expected.

A very large Forest Service closure is in place as well as a staffed road closure stretching from milemarker 1 on the Rock Creek Road to the Gillis Bridge/Kyle Bohrnsen Memorial Bridge. Local home owners with proper identification are currently allowed into the closure area.


...RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 2 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 9 PM Mountain time THIS EVENING... for winds out of the northwest 15 to 20 mph with gusts to 30 mph and minimum relative humidity ranging from 10 to 15 percent

Please note: Drones are dangerous if flown near wildfires. A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is in place for this fire. Drones can interfere with wildland fire air traffic that are necessary to suppress wildland fires. If drones are spotted near a wildfire, firefighting aircraft may have to land due to safety concerns. Learn more at http://www.nifc.gov/drones/

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning
Date of OriginThursday July 13th, 2017 approx. 03:00 PM
Location27 miles southeast of Missoula, 9 miles south of Beavertail Pond
Incident CommanderEastern MT IMT, Irv Leach, IC
Incident DescriptionLightning Ignited Fire Burning In Remote Terrain

Current Situation

Total Personnel289
Size2,722 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained5%
Estimated Containment DateSunday October 15th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber (Litter and Understory)

Timber (Grass and Understory)

Closed Timber Litter

Significant Events

The Little Hogback Fire continued to show activity yesterday due to hot and dry conditions. The Siderock Fire was active on the east side as firefighters mopped up around the electronic site and structures.

Outlook

Planned Actions

Identify and scout potential containment lines. Monitor fire behavior from Rock Creek Road. Improve fuel break along NFS Road 4325. Identify and scout potential containment lines.

Projected Incident Activity

Continued breezy west winds along with warm and dry conditions will keep fire behavior active until after sundown. The Little Hogback fire is expected to move to the northeast. The Sliderock fire is expected to move to the northeast.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

...RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 2 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 9 PM Mountain time THIS EVENING... for winds out of the northwest 15 to 20 mph with gusts to 30 mph and minimum relative humidity ranging from 10 to 15 percent.

Another dry day with a south to southwest switching to west to north west winds later in the day. Temperatures will be noticeably warmer, with afternoon highs on the ridges near 80 and low relative humidity.

Unit Information

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Lolo National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
24 Fort Missoula Road
Missoula, MT 59804
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