Pre-Evacuation is lifted for all areas in Lincoln County
September 21, 2017; 12:51pmEFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELYPre-Evacuation is lifted for all areas in Lincoln County. Pipe Creek will be open to through traffic Saturday September 23, 2017 at 9am. Fire Crews are. more
Check-out the Moose Peak and West Fork Fires story.
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The West Fork Fire was detected on August 30th approximately 7 miles north of Libby Montana in the Quartz Creek/Bobtail Ridge area. It quickly escaped containment efforts due to extremely dry fuel and critical fire weather patterns. On September 4, Rocky Mountain Incident Management Blue Team, Jay Esperance Incident Commander, assumed command of the fire. The Blue Team is working closely with Lincoln County Emergency Operations Center and the County Sheriff.
For information on the fire, fire behavior and planned firefighting efforts please continue to check InciWeb and FaceBook @WestForkandMoosePeakFires. Also call the Fire Information line: (406) 209-9961
FOR PRE-EVACUATION WARNINGS AND EVACUATIONS CONTACT THE LINCOLN COUNTY EOC: (406)293-6295
|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Saturday August 30th, 3017 approx. 10:45 AM|
|Location||7 miles NW of Libby|
|Incident Commander||Jay Esperance, Incident Commander Type II|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||60%|
|Estimated Containment Date||Sunday October 01st, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM|
Timber(Grass and Understory)
Continue to monitor, hold and patrol.
|Projected Incident Activity|
12 Hours: Forecast showers coming into the fire area, diminishing fire activity.
24 Hours: Forecast showers coming into the fire area, diminishing fire activity.
48 Hours: Minimal chance of showers.
72 Hours: A drying trend is predicted.
Anticipated after 72 hours: A drying trend is expected into next week, normal seasonal weather will be returning.
16,584 Acres on Kootenai National Forest (MT-KNF)
3488 Acres on Montana Private Lands (MT-PRI)
Current weather: temperature is 60 degrees, 43% RH, winds E at 3 mph with gust to 8 mph, mostly cloudy skies. Temperatures will slowly warm into the weekend with highs in the 50s and 60s. Minimum humidity will stay above 40% and light winds will continue. Skies will be partly to mostly cloudy.