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Weasel Fire Update 09.17.2017
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... more

INCIDENT UPDATED 7 HRS. AGO

Approximate Location

48.954 latitude, -114.73 longitude

Incident Overview

Weasel 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: 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. Crews continue with hazard tree removal along the fires edge and roads adjacent to the fire.

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 along 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 working towards Grave Creek.

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.

Rehab/Rehabilitation: Forest Service will be rehabilitating areas disturbed during the fire suppression efforts to as natural an 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 area 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
CauseLightning/natural
Date of OriginSaturday September 02nd, 2017 approx. 01:46 PM
Location17 air miles northeast of Eureka, MT.
Incident CommanderKeith VanBroeke's Incident Management Team

Current Situation

Size3,925 Acres
Estimated Containment DateTuesday October 31st, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

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

Significant Events

Minimal activity, with some backing and creeping. No significant fire growth observed yesterday or today.

Outlook

Planned Actions

Continue to monitor fire activity and utilize available air resources, if necessary, to check fire spread. Work with the Flathead National Forest to identify any additional road, trail, or area closures.

Projected Incident Activity

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

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

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

A cool and moist weather system will persist over the area through Friday. Compared to the past few days, the precipitation will become more scattered and light by Friday. A drier northerly flow will slowly take shape over the weekend. High pressure may produce further warming and drying next week.

Unit Information

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

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Phone: 406-272-2082

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