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Gibralter Ridge Fire Update 09-16-2017
Fire Information Line: 406-272-2082Location: Caribou Fire located 21 miles northwest of Eureka, MT Current Size: 24,206 Total AcresCause: Lightning Containment: 50% Personnel: 328 United States:... more

INCIDENT UPDATED 19 HRS. AGO

Approximate Location

48.857 latitude, -114.857 longitude

Incident Overview

Fact Sheet

8:00 AM

Caribou Fire

Gibralter Ridge Fire

Weasel Fire

September 20, 2017

Keith VanBroeke’s

Incident Management Team

Fire Information Line: 406-272-2082 · Estimated acres – No IR

Location: Caribou Fire located 21 miles northwest of Eureka, MT Current Size: ·24,753 Total Acres

Cause: Lightning Containment: 50% Personnel: 277 United States: ·21,992 Canada: ·2,761

Email: CaribouFire2017@gmail.com Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5539/

Location: Gibralter Ridge Fire located seven miles east of Eureka, MT Current Size: ·12,938 Acres

Cause: Lightning Containment: 27% Personnel: 31

Email: GibralterRidgeFire2017@gmail.com Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5474/

Location: Weasel Fire located 17 miles northeast of Eureka, MT Current Size: ·3,925 Acres

Cause: Lightning Containment: 0% Personnel: 0

Email: GibralterRidgeFire2017@gmail.com Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5605/

Fireline Rehab Continues, More Precipitation Coming

Caribou Fire: Firefighters have been taking advantage of cooler temperatures and wetting rains these last few days. Rehab work continues along contingency lines on the east and southeast edges of the fire near the West Kootenai area and mop-up continues in the Lime Creek area. In the southwest area of the fire, crews are still rehabbing along Road 6810. With lower temperatures and soaking rains on the fire and continued precipitation is forecasted for the next several days, which will help to reduce fire activity.

Caribou Evacuations: None.

Caribou Fire Closures: A Closure Order remains in place for the Caribou Fire. Closure Orders and maps under the “Closures” tab on Inciweb.

Gibralter Ridge Fire: Crews continue to mop-up hot spots. Firefighters will keep on rehabbing and felling snags long contingency lines, pulling construction wrap off bridges and buildings and patrolling outer perimeter of fireline throughout the day. Crews and heavy equipment will rehab fireline on the northwest side of the fire today.

Gibralter Ridge Evacuations: None.

Gibralter Ridge Closures: Grave Creek Road and the Ten Lakes Recreation area are closed above the Grave Creek/Foothills Road junction. Closure Orders and maps under the “Closures” tab on Inciweb.

Weasel Fire: No private property or structures are threatened. Minimal fire activity occurred, with some fire backing and creeping in areas.

Weather: Morning rain and snow showers will decrease in the afternoon. Snow level is 5000 feet. Temperatures remain unchanged today with maximum 44-50 below 4500 feet, 35-42 mid-slope and ridges. Humidity will range from 45-50 percent below 4500 feet, 60-70 percent mid-slope and ridges.

Resources Threatened: Private property, structures, historic resources, recreational resources, timber, terrestrial and aquatic habitats.


Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning/natural
Date of OriginMonday August 07th, 2017 approx. 09:06 PM
Location7 miles east of Eureka, MT
Incident CommanderPearson, Northern Rockies Type 2 Team

Current Situation

Total Personnel31
Size12,938 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained37%
Estimated Containment DateTuesday October 31st, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber (grass and understory) in steep, inaccessible terrain.

Significant Events

Minimal activity, with some backing, and creeping. No significant fire progression was observed yesterday or today. The fire received precipitation today.

Outlook

Planned Actions

Continue to mop up, hold and patrol. Firefighters will analyze fire growth to find appropriate suppression response and mitigate potential impacts to values at risk, including Ninko cabin.

Projected Incident Activity

12, 24, 48 hours: Minimal fire activity is expected with the arrival of cooler temperatures and precipitation.and growth as a result of warming temperatures and slightly lower RHs.

72 hours: Minimal fire activity is expected with the forecast continuation of cooler temperatures and precipatation

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Today (Monday) was a much cooler and wet day with widespread rain and likely high elevation snow. About 0.15 (fifteen hundredths) was recorded at neighboring observation sites. Temperatures were in the 50s in the lower elevations but around 40 above 4000 feet during the day with very high relative humidity. Winds were light except for occasional wind gusts to 20 mph from the southwest due to shower activity.

On Tuesday, shower activity will continue with snow levels falling to near 5000 feet. Another .10-.15 inches of precipitation is possible by Tuesday afternoon with cold temperatures again in the 40s to lower 50s..

Unit Information

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Kootenai National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
31374 US Hwy 2
Libby, MT 59923

Incident Contact

Public Information
Email: gibralterridgefire2017@gmail.com
Phone: 406-272-2082
Hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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