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Moose Peak Fire

Unit Information

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

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Incident Contact

Kootenai National Forest
Email: wsykes@fs.fed.us
Phone: 406-293-6211
Hours: 8:00am to 5:00pm M-F

Highlighted Activity

09/24/2017 Transfer of Command to Type 4 Organization 9/25/17 2pm
Command of the Moose Peak Fire will transfer to a local Type 4 Organization lead by Chris Beeks at 2pm on September 25, 2017.
Announcement - 09/24/2017
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The Moose Peak Fire was started by lightning on August 30th in Sanders County on the Cabinet Ranger District. Initially, this fire was mostly unstaffed due to the lack of available resources in the area. More have been assigned to the fire as they have become available. The fire has been managed by the Rocky Mountain Incident Management Blue Team since September 4, 2017. Since taking over the fire the team has implemented a strategy to protect structures in the East Fork of the Fisher Creek on the north, and McGinnis Meadows area on the east. Smoky conditions have limited the use of air resources at times, but they have been utilized extensively when conditions have allowed. On September 14, 2017 the fire was estimated to be 11,500 acres in size.

Command of the Moose Peak Fire will transfer at 2pm on Monday September 25, 2017 to a local yYpe 4 organization under the command of Chris Beeks. No furhter updates will be made to Inciweb. Fore more information on fire status, please visit the Kootenai National Forest Webpage at https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/kootenai/home and the Kootenai National Forest Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/kootenainf/ @Kootenainf

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning/natural
Date of OriginWednesday August 30th, 2017 approx. 12:15 PM
Location13 miles east of Trout Creek, MT
Incident CommanderRocky Mountain Area Incident Management Blue Team, Jay Esperance Incident Commander
Coordinates47.896 latitude, -115.309 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel38
Size13,903 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained70%
Estimated Containment DateSunday October 01st, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber (grass and understory)

Significant Events

Minimal smoldering.

Outlook

Planned Actions

Continue to hold, patrol, monitor and rehab line.

Projected Incident Activity

12 Hours: Temperatures to warm through the week as an upper level ridge builds into the region.

24 hours: Temperatures to warm through the week as an upper level ridge builds into the region.

48 Hours: Temperatures to warm through the week as an upper level ridge builds into the region.

72 Hours: Temperatures to warm through the week as an upper level ridge builds into the region.

Anticipated after 72 hours: Warming and drying trend is anticipated.

Remarks

9844 Acres on Kootenai Natl. Forest MT-KNF

413 Acres on Northwestern

Land Office MT-NWS

3646 Acres on Montana private lands MT-PRI

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Current weather: Temperature 54', with relative humidity at 52%, winds wnw at 5mph, mostly cloudy skies. Monday will bring partly to mostly cloudy skies once again. High temperatures will be in the low 50's to low 60's, warmest at lower elevations. Minimum humidity will range from 40-50%. Light west winds are expected. Expect temperatures to warm through the week as an upper level ridge builds into the region.