Kootenai National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
31374 US Hwy 2 Libby Montana 59923
Libby, MT 59923
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: 75% Personnel: 75 United States: ·21,992 Canada: ·2,761
Email: CaribouFire2017@gmail.com Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5539/
Location: Gibraltar Ridge Fire located seven miles east of Eureka, MT Current Size: ·12,938 Acres
Cause: Lightning Containment: 40% Personnel: 3
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/
Forest firefighters battled the Gibralter Ridge Fire and Caribou Fire for six weeks. Both conflagrations were lightning caused and grew to 12,938 acres and 24,753 acres, respectively, before being contained on Sept. 20 when cooler temperatures and soaking rains arrived. Fires of this magnitude consist of constructing many miles of hand lines and dozer lines. These fire suppression tactics proved to be a successful method of fighting fires, but the repercussions can cause environmental stress on the landscape and rehabilitating efforts must begin right away. Fire crews and contractors had the arduous task of rehabilitating the terrain to its natural habitat; both fires had numerous restoration accomplishments over the last two-weeks.
Gibralter Ridge Fire Rehabilitation Accomplishments: Felling fire-damaged trees along roads and fire perimeter; rebuilt or repaired 20-miles of aggregate roads, eight-miles of asphalt roads and six-miles of native surf roads; 10-miles of dozer lines; five-miles of hand lines. One and a half acres of a dozer built safety zone and seeding miles of burnt out acres and contingency lines.
Caribou Fire Rehabilitation Accomplishments: Felling hazard trees along roads and fire perimeter; rebuilding or repairing 175-miles of native surf roads, 34-miles of aggregate roads and eight-miles of asphalt roads; 35-miles of dozer lines; six-miles of fuel breaks; five-miles of hand lines; one-mile of fence lines and seeding miles of burnt out acres and contingency lines.
The Weasel Fire was a lightning start; fire activity is minimal, and monitoring the fire will continue.
Fire Closures: Weasel Lake cabin is not available for public use, building enclosed with fire protection wrap. All trailheads and hiking trails within the Caribou Fire, Gibralter Fire and Weasel Fire areas closed to public use. It is important to stay off these trails due to falling fire-damaged trees and large rolling debris.
VanBroeke’s Type 3 Management Team is transferring the fires over to Eureka Ranger District on Tuesday. This will be the last updates on these fires. For further information contact Fire Prevention Officer, Cody White; Eureka Ranger District; office cell: 406-291-4512; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Weekly updates posted every Friday on Facebook. The last update posted on inciWeb will be Friday, Oct. 6, 2017.
|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Saturday September 02nd, 2017 approx. 01:46 PM|
|Location||17 air miles northeast of Eureka, MT.|
|Incident Commander||Eureka Ranger Station|
|Incident Description||Fire Is Out.|
|Coordinates||48.954 latitude, -114.73 longitude|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||100%|
Timber (litter and understory) in steep, inaccessible terrain.