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Caribou 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


Approximate Location

48.973 latitude, -115.441 longitude

Incident Overview

Caribou Fire Map 09-17-2017

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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: 210 United States: ·21,992 Canada: ·2,761

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

Cause: Lightning Containment: 27% Personnel: 8

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

Cause: Lightning Containment: 0% Personnel: 0

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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 vicinity. In the southwest section of the fire, crews are making good rehab progress on Road 6810. Crews continue with hazard tree removal along the fires edge and roads adjacent to the fire. With lower temperatures and soaking rains on the fire and forecasted precipitation over the next several days will 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 rehabbing and felling snags along contingency lines, pulling construction wrap off bridges and buildings and patrolling outer perimeter of fireline throughout the day. Felling crews finished hazardous tree removal along Grave Creek, while road maintenance will continue over the next several days.

Gibraltar Ridge Evacuations: None.

Gibralter Ridge Closures: Grave Creek Road and 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.

Rehab/Rehabilitation: Forest Service will be rehabilitating areas disturbed during fire suppression efforts to its natural appearance as possible. Application of fast growing native grass seeds and water bars will help prevent soil erosion and water shed damage. Fast growing grass seed will help stabilize the soil until native plants return. Saw crews and heavy equipment operators are removing hazard trees along trailheads and roads for public safety.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginFriday August 11th, 2017 approx. 10:51 AM
Location18 miles northwest of Eureka, MT
Incident CommanderKeith VanBroeke's Incident Management Team

Current Situation

Total Personnel210
Size24,753 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained50%
Estimated Containment DateMonday October 30th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber (litter and understory) Subalpine fir, dead and down spruce.

Significant Events

Minimal fire activity with some backing and creeping. No significant fire growth observed yesterday or today. The fire has received precipitation the last 4 days.


Planned Actions

Hold, patrol and mop-up completed fire line. Continue with identified fire suppression rehabilitation.

Projected Incident Activity

12-24-48 hours: Minimal fire activity expected with the arrival of cooler temperatures and precipitation.

72 hours: Minimal fire activity expected with the forecast continuation of cooler temperatures and precipitation.


Block 7 includes 21,992 acres in the US and 2,761 acres in Canada. Management of the fire has transitioned to the local unit's Type 3 IMT team.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Overall light winds and cloudy conditions are expected on Saturday. Cloud coverage will slowly trend down through the afternoon and evening.

Max Temperature, 45-50

Min Humidity: 40-45 percent.

Unit Information

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

Incident Contacts

Gibralter Ridge/ Caribou Fire Information
Phone: 406-272-2082
Hours: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Kirsten Kaiser
Phone: 406-295-4693
Hours: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
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