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INCIDENT UPDATED 3 HRS. AGO

Approximate Location

47.037 latitude, -114.879 longitude

Incident Overview

The Sunrise Fire on the Lolo National Forest started by lightning on July 16, 2017. Beth Lund's Great Basin National Incident Management Team assumed command of the fire August 19th


Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning
Date of OriginSunday July 16th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM
Location11 miles southeast of Superior, MT
Incident CommanderDoug Turman's Northern Rockies National Incident Management Team

Current Situation

Total Personnel593
Size22,309 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained30%
Estimated Containment DateSaturday September 30th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber (Litter and Understory) Brush (2 feet)

Sub-alpine fir and mixed conifer with significant standing dead and down fuel component. Ponderosa pine and Douglas-fir dominate at lower elevations. The 100-hour fuel moisture is at 6-8%.

Significant Events

Active, short-range spotting, short crown run and backing will occur on the fire. Gusty wins and receptive fuels allowed for spot fires ahead of the main perimeter. Short crown runs where slope, fuels and wind aligned. Otherwise active backing and flanking once the inversion lifts.

Outlook

Planned Actions

Engine crews are patrolling for spots. Day operations will continue to secure fire perimeter around structures in Sunrise Creek,Verde Creek and Trout Creek. Mop-up will continue. Aviation resources will be used to reinforce ground efforts and in inaccessible terrain. Burnout operations continue in Quartz Creek and Trout Creek. Structure prep is ongoing in Cougar Creek and Riverbend.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours: The fire is moving down Trout Creek. Continued fire growth to the north, east and south will threaten structures. Long-range spotting with the expected gusty southwest winds has the potential to cross the Clark Fork River and I-90, impacting traffic, the Montana Rail Link rail line, transmission lines and additional structures. Burnouts along control lines will be necessary to direct main fire front away from communities. Continued fire perimeter growth is expected along uncontrolled fire edges.

24 hours: Continued fire growth to the north, east and south will threaten structures. Long-range spotting with the expected gusty southwest winds has the potential to cross the Clark Fork River and I-90, impacting traffic, the Montana Rail Link rail line, transmission lines and additional structures. Burnouts along control lines will be necessary to direct the main fire front away from communities. Continued fire perimeter growth is expected along uncontrolled fire edges.

48 hours: Fire growth to the north, east and south will threaten structures. Burnouts along control lines will be necessary to direct the main fire front away from communities. Stage II evacuations are expected with increased winds from the southwest. The fire is now in the upper end of Verde Creek, 1 mile from structures near the lower end of Verde Creek. Stage II evacuations are expected with increased winds from the southwest. Type 1 crews and type 3 engine strike teams are needed to hold the indirect line currently in place and to protect the structures.

Remarks

An area closure around the Sunrise Fire is from Cedar Creek south to Forest Service Road #341 is in effect. All roads contained within this boundary are closed. The Red Cross is prepared to provide shelter at Superior High School for evacuees. Superior and Ninemile Rural Fire Departments assisted to patrol the north side of the river for new fire starts. Turman's Type 1 IMT is managing both the Sunrise and Burdette Fires. All new overhead costs are charged to the Sunrise Fire.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Cooler and drier air. Winds out of the southwest, gusty on ridges. A strong inversion is expected tonight. Dry ir, with near normal temperatures is expected through the week.

Unit Information

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Lolo National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
24 Fort Missoula Road
Missoula, MT 59804
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Fire Information- land line
Email: sunriseburdettefireinfo@gmail.com
Phone: 406-822-9084
Hours: M-Su 7am-9pm

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