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Meyers Community Meeting Scheduled for Thursday 17, 2017
A Meyers Fire Community Meeting for a personalized fire briefing is scheduled When: Thursday, August 17, 2017 5 PM, doors open at 4:30 Where: Georgetown Lake Volunteer Fire Department 100 Fire Lane.. more

INCIDENT UPDATED 2 HRS. AGO

Approximate Location

45.995 latitude, -113.58 longitude

Incident Overview

Perimeter Map Aug.17, 2017

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August 17, 2017

Started : July 14, 2017

Acres Burned: 13,797 Containment: 5%
Cause: Lightning
Crews: 13 Helicopters: 5
Engines: 13 Dozers: 2
Skidgines: 2 Water Tenders: 9 Masticators 1
Total Resources: 490
The residents of Moose Lake have returned to their homes and cabins as the evacuation level was downgraded to YELLOW, or the preparedness level. READY, SET, GO. If the fire again becomes a danger to the area, they may be asked to evacuate at a moments notice.

It is imperative for all fire personnel as well as the general public to use extra caution when they are working or travelling through the area. Heavy equipment, vehicles, people, and even aircraft are all working and often times will not have good visual of all the potential hazards around them. Use headlights, drive at slow speeds, be especially aware if you are walking through standing trees, snags as well as living trees who may have been weakened by ground disturbance or even water drops.

Evacuations for the Frog Pond Basin, and Copper Creek Campground areas remain unchanged at this time.

Initial attack of new starts within the jurisdictional area of the Meyers Fire have been given a very high priority and will be aggressively attacked while providing for safety first in the attempt to put new fires out as quickly as possible. Rapid response resources have been designated should they be needed.

A drying and warming trend was apparent today and is predicted for the rest of the week. This will increase fire activity in some of areas. This increased activity was noticed in the northern and western flanks of the fire and helicopter bucket drops were used to take the heat out preventing any large growth. the western flank remains unstaffed with the exception of the structure protection Frog Pond in the area.

Firefighters continued their progress and are moving rapidly towards completing indirect lines on the northern flank. As they become available, heavy equipment and personnel are being relocated east to speed the construction of the east/west contingency line for the protection of East Fork Reservoir and Georgetown Lake. Location of this line may change slightly as new areas are scouted that may provide for better opportunity success.

A handcrew continued to strengthened the direct containment line east of Moose Lake providing for more protection.

The suppression objectives remain the same and todays strategy and tactics will continue to reflect the most efficient and safest actions in fighting this fire.

Fire Restrictions/Closures: Interagency fire management officials in southwestern Montana began Stage 1 fire restrictions, effective at midnight on August 5, 2017. These restrictions apply to the following areas: Madison County, Beaverhead County, Deer Lodge County, Silver Bow County, Powell County south of I-90 and Highway 12 and Granite County south of I-90 and east of the Lolo National Forest boundary. The current fire danger level across the forest is Very High. Granite County has implemented Stage II fire restrictions for private lands within Granite County.

Incident Information can be found at:
Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5397/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/US-Forest-Service-Beaverhead-Deerlodge-National-Forest-1540138089548920/
Fire Information Line: 406-859-9107


Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning
Date of OriginFriday July 14th, 2017 approx. 05:30 PM
Location25 miles SW of Philipsburg, MT
Incident CommanderJay Esperance, ICT2
Incident DescriptionWildfire

Current Situation

Total Personnel490
Size13,797 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained5%
Estimated Containment DateSaturday October 21st, 2017 approx. 12:00 PM
Fuels Involved

Timber (Litter and Understory) Most significant fuel is mixed conifer dominated by lodgepole pine with a heavy dead component from beetle kill. ERC's in the 70's, suggesting that both fine fuels and heavy dead fuels are very dry.

Significant Events

Fire behavior is moderate, backing, flanking, and single tree torching.

Outlook

Planned Actions

Continue to implement structure protection measures at Moose Lake, Frog Pond, and Senate Mine. Implement suppression strategies commensurate with values at risk. Continue to strengthen fuel breaks in Divisions north of the fire and continue contingency line preparation in Divisions east of the fire to protect the Georgetown Lake area. Continue to monitor fire progression in the east south and southwest portions of the fire. Continue to support IA responsibilities within the TFR area.

Projected Incident Activity

12 Hours: Morning smoke gives way to afternoon cumulus. Temperatures will warm several degrees warmer than Tuesday with humidity slightly lower as high pressure dominates. West winds on the ridgetops with gusts to 20mph.

24 Hours: Thick smoke at times with scattered clouds. Temperatures dropping into the middle 40s with moderate overnight humidity recovery expected at and below inversion. Thermal belt expected around 6500 ft with poor recovery.

Remarks

The Meyers fire area continues to include 3621 final acres of the Whetstone Ridge fire.

The team is constructing indirect fire breaks to be used as contingency line. The focus of this effort is protecting private development, primarily on the east side of the fire. The structure group has triaged and/or prepared 82 structures nearest to the fire. These numbers are for both the Meyers and Whetstone Ridge fires.

There will be a public meeting at the Georgetown VFD tomorrow (8/17/17)at 5pm.

A timber task force (not shown on the Resources List) is working on control lines.

A long-term strategy has been developed to aid in mitigation efforts for hazards posed by numerous snags, and that includes management action points, identification of contingency lines and point protection for communities several miles from current perimeter based on the extended time needed to acquire sufficient new resources and maneuver our current resources.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Smoke will gradually mix out through the morning. Temperatures will warm quickly in the late morning with highs reaching the middle 70s, about ten degrees below normal. Afternoon humidity will drop into the upper teens. Westerly winds will continue with occasional gusts to 20 mph.

Unit Information

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