Bitterroot National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1801 North 1st Hamilton Montana 59840
Hamilton, MT 59840
Firefighters are working to suppress a wildland fire burning on the Stevensville Ranger District east of Corvallis in the Sapphire Mountains near Willow Mountain Lookout and Dominic Point. The fire is approximately 55 acres in size and is currently 60% contained. The fire was reported on Wednesday, July 19 after a lightning event moved across the northern end of the Bitterroot National Forest the night before. 80 personnel are assigned to this incident.
Please respect the airspace and do not fly drones in this area.
|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Wednesday July 19th, 2017 approx. 03:00 PM|
|Location||Sapphire Mountains east of Corvallis near Willow Mountain Lookout and Dominic Point|
|Incident Commander||Jon Rupp|
|Coordinates||46.322 latitude, -113.924 longitude|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||60%|
Heavy timber and brush along with heavy dead and down fuels. Numerous snags present a serious safety threat to firefighters, especially in high winds situations.
Firefighters have been making good progress this week on continuing mop-up activities further into the black (fire interior). Fire managers will continue using aircraft to contain any active torching that occurs on the upper, north end of the fire in the old Dominic Point burn from 2010. The area closure remains in effect for Willow Creek Road and numerous trails. See closure map posted here for more details.
Keep the fire north of Willow Mountain Road, west of Willow Lookout and east of Deep Creek.
|Projected Incident Activity|
Mop up an appropriate distance (2 chains) approx. 132 feet into the black to prevent spotting ouside of containment lines.
The Bitterroot National Forest and Ravalli County are going into Stage II Fire Restrictions Thursday, July 27th. This means campfires and all other fires on the forest are prohibited along with smoking outside of designated areas. Firewood cutting (chainsaws) is also prohibited after 1pm. Camping stoves (Liquid petroleum) that can be turned on and off are allowed. Violating fire restrictions can lead to fines of up to $5,000 and six months in jail. For more details visit http://firerestrictions.us
Chance of thunderstorms this afternoon including gusty winds, lightning and heavy rainfall.