Gibralter Ridge Fire

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Gibralter Ridge Fire

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Updated Fact Sheet 17 Aug 2017
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INCIDENT UPDATED 3 HRS. AGO

Approximate Location

48.857 latitude, -114.857 longitude

Incident Overview

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Updated Thursday 17 Aug 2017

Current Status: The burn operations conduct yesterday was a success with planned burning operation today once the shading clearing operations are completed. Weather will be dry with humidity at 24% and warm at 80 degrees as a high will be a challenge for firefighters with increased fire behavior. Winds will be variable this morning at 2 MPH with winds increasing this afternoon coming out of the southwest at 10 MPH.

Planned Actions: Burning operations will continue today once the shading clearing operations are completed. The checkpoints will be in place and you must have a pass to enter the closure area. Residents are under a pre-evacuation status. Structure protection will be again one of the priorities for fire crews in the community.


Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning
Date of OriginMonday August 07th, 2017 approx. 09:00 PM
Location7 miles east of Eureka, MT
Incident CommanderRick Connell - NR Western Montana Type II Incident Management Team
Incident DescriptionLightning Caused Fire With Structures And Residences Threatened.

Current Situation

Total Personnel447
Size2,548 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained12%
Estimated Containment DateSaturday September 30th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber with grassy understory; steep and inaccessible terrain

Significant Events

Moderate fire behavior with creeping and smoldering.

Outlook

Planned Actions

Continue critical structure protection while continuing to construct containment lines utilizing the resources that are fighting the fire.

Projected Incident Activity

Southwest winds will result in slight fire growth further into the National Forest. Fire behavior is expected to be minimal. The warming and drying trend will continue. Breezy west/southwest winds will create moderate fire behavior when winds and slopes align.

Remarks

Evacuated residents were allowed back into their homes at 12noon on Monday. However, all residents will remain in pre-evacuation status and an area closure remains in effect for all non-residents.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Today the warming trend continues with humidity and winds similar to yesterday. High temperatures of 78-83 degrees with minimum relative humidity at 20-25%. West/ southwest winds at 7 MPH.

Tonight, minimum temperature of 47-52, maximum relative humidity at 55-65%, and west winds at 12 mph on ridge tops and 3-5 downslope.

Tomorrow will be a critical fire weather day for the fire with warm temperatures and stronger winds with gusts around 20 mph across the fire.

Unit Information

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

Incident Contact

Public Information Officer
Email: gibralterridgefire2017@gmail.com
Phone: (406) 250-8205

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