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Meyers Fire


Meyers-Sapphire Fire Area update 9-20-17
Meyers Sapphire Complex Fires Update Wednesday, September 20, 2017 Fire Information Line: (406) 859-3211 Email: Inciweb: more


Approximate Location

45.995 latitude, -113.58 longitude

Incident Overview

Meyers Fire Map for September 14, 2017

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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 - 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.

For further information, follow the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest Facebook, and Bitterroot National Forest Facebook pages.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
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

Current Situation

Total Personnel50
Size62,034 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained90%
Estimated Containment DateSaturday October 21st, 2017 approx. 12:00 PM
Fuels Involved

Timber (Grass and Understory)

Timber (Litter and Understory)

Closed Timber Litter

Significant Events



Smoldering in the duff and heavy fuels under dense canopies or other sheltered conditions.


Planned Actions

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.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

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.

Unit Information

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Beaverhead/Deerlodge National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
420 Barrett St
Dillon, MT 59725

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Phone: 406-859-3211
Hours: 8:00 - 8:00 p.m.

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