Meyers-Sapphire Fire Area update 9-20-17
Meyers Sapphire Complex Fires Update Wednesday, September 20, 2017 Fire Information Line: (406) 859-3211 Email: email@example.com Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5364/... more
Fire Information phone number: 406-859-3211
Location: Approximately 25 miles southwest of Philipsburg, Montana
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 - Deer Lodge and Bitterroot National Forests have been impacted. A small acreage of privately owned land has also been burned.
Firefighter, public, and aviation safety are the top priority in all fire management activities. Other priorities include private lands, infrastructure, grazing allotments, and natural, cultural, and heritage resources.
The fire burned in mixed conifer stands, primarily lodgepole pine, Douglas-fir, and subalpine fir, with many standing dead trees.
Firefighting efforts were hampered by extremely dry fuels, unusually hot weather continuing late into summer, and periodic bouts of high winds. The remote location of much of the fire, which extends into a National Forest wilderness area, limited accessibility for ground crews.
|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Friday July 14th, 2017 approx. 05:21 PM|
|Location||25 miles SW of Philipsburg, MT and the East Fork Bitterroot River.|
|Incident Commander||Gary Lambert|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||90%|
|Estimated Containment Date||Saturday October 21st, 2017 approx. 12:00 PM|
Timber (Grass and Understory)
Timber (Litter and Understory)
Closed Timber Litter
Smoldering in the duff and heavy fuels under dense canopies or other sheltered conditions.
Continue to rehab on DIV I.
|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 accumulated precipitation.
48 hours: Minimal fire activity.
72 hours: No change
Anticipated after 72 hours: No change.
One Type 3 helicopter belongs to the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest. It is assigned to the incident. The resource commitment summary reflects this.
Wet, cold weather is predicted through the rest of the week. Snow is possible at 5,000-6,000 feet this week.
A series of storm systems will continue to move across western Montana through the weekend with wet, cold, and windy conditions.