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Meyers Fire

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9.30.2017 Meyers Update
Start Date: July 14, 2017 Cause: Lightning Current Size: 62,034 acres Total Personnel: Approximately 100 Containment: 90%Location: Approximately 25 miles SW of Philipsburg, MT Resources... more

INCIDENT UPDATED 7 DAYS AGO

Approximate Location

45.995 latitude, -113.58 longitude

Incident Overview

Meyers Fire Area Trail Closures 9.26.17

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Fire Information phone number: 406-859-3211
Location: Approximately 25 miles southwest of Philipsburg, Montana
Cause: Lightning


The Meyers Fire was started by lightning on July 14, 2017. It merged with the Whetstone Fire, which started from a lightning strike on July 13, 2017. Although initially burning in Granite County, the fire expanded into Ravalli County and across the Continental Divide into Beaverhead and Deer Lodge counties as well. Lands in both the Beaverhead - Deerlodge and Bitterroot National Forests have been impacted. A small acreage of privately owned land has also been burned.

The fire burned in mixed conifer stands, primarily lodgepole pine, Douglas-fir, and subalpine fir, with many standing dead trees.

A Burned Area Emergency Response Team is currently assessing the fire area. For more information on BAER teams in the Northern Region, please see Inciweb page, Northern Region-2017 Poste-Fire BAER.


Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning
Date of OriginFriday July 14th, 2017 approx. 05:21 PM
Location25 miles SW of Philipsburg, MT and the East Fork Bitterroot River.
Incident CommanderGary Lambert ICT3

Current Situation

Total Personnel34
Size62,034 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained95%
Estimated Containment DateWednesday November 01st, 2017 approx. 12:00 PM
Fuels Involved

Timber (Grass and Understory)

Timber (Litter and Understory)

Closed Timber Litter

Outlook

Planned Actions

Continue to rehab and interface with BAER Team.

Projected Incident Activity

Minimal fire activity

Remarks

209 last updated 10/12/17 and will be updated weekly.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Rain and snow showers will increase across all but the far SW Montana Districts (Beaverhead-Deerlodge NF)Thursday. But even these areas will see widespread valley rain and mountain snow showers by Friday as the main upper level system traverses the Northern Rockies. Precipitation is not expected to be persistent, but instead come and go throughout the day with the greatest intensity occurring on Friday. These showers will significantly decrease on Saturday as drier air moves into the region and begins a multi-day drying period on Sunday which could last through the middle of next week. However, despite the lack of precipitation, minimum humidity levels are likely to remain unseasonably high under persistent below normal temperatures.

Unit Information

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Beaverhead/Deerlodge National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
420 Barrett St
Dillon, MT 59725
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Email: meyerswhetstone@gmail.com
Phone: 406-859-3211
Hours: 8:00 - 4:30 p.m.

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