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Tenmile Fire

Unit Information

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

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Tenmile Fire was 100% Contained Aug. 26. PIO Map reflects this achievement.Image options: [ Full Size ]

The fires within the Sterling Complex did not grow yesterday, and firefighters had a productive day widening containment lines and repairing contained areas. Unfortunately, due to uncooperative weather, firefighters were not able to burn the last remaining section of uncontained line on the Pinkham Tower Fire. They will instead use machines to construct direct line closer to the fire’s edge. This is to prevent islands of unburned vegetation from burning later.

On the Tenmile Fire, firefighters are nearly finished with their efforts to contain the 681-acre fire. Firefighters are extinguishing heat to the degree necessary to reduce the likelihood of escape. Repair work is well underway with a pair of skidgens and engines working to extinguish heat that remains in the northwestern part of the fire while two excavators are addressing areas to minimize erosion.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning
Date of OriginTuesday July 31st, 2018 approx. 10:46 AM
Location19 Miles south of Eureka, MT It is directly east of Lake Koocanusa, burning in Tenmile drainage, for which the fire was named.
Incident CommanderEvans Kuo, Great Basin Incident Management Team 5
Incident DescriptionWildfire
Coordinates48.594 latitude, -115.164 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel98
Size681 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Estimated Containment DateFriday August 31st, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber, regeneration timber, brush and deep duff

Significant Events

Firefighters contained the Tenmile Fire Aug. 26. Firefighters anticipate the repair work on containment lines to be complete midweek.

Outlook

Planned Actions

Firefighters may have a delay getting to the fire area in the morning depending upon road conditions. When safe to return to work, excavators will continue repairing the containment lines.

Projected Incident Activity

On several portions of the Tenmile and Pinkham Tower fires, repair work is underway. This entails using skidders to skid logs to logging decks, excavators smoothing berms created by heavy machinery, and moving debris back over contained areas to reduce chances of erosion. Finally, firefighters are collecting and backhauling supplies and picking up signs, flagging and other materials before leaving the area.

Remarks

The Tenmile Fire is being managed with the Huckleberry, Cliff, Swamp Creek and Pinkham Tower wildfires, referred to as the Sterling Complex. For information regarding those fires, see https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6137/.

A National Forest Closures Order is in place: The Public Information Map identifies the perimeter of the Fire Area. The Forest Closure Order is also online: https://www.fs.usda.gov/kootenai/

Stage II Fire Restrictions are in effect. Please do not build, maintain, attend, or use a fire or campfire; operate motorized vehicles off designated trails, or smoke, except within enclosed vehicles, buildings, or other designated areas. From 1:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. operating internal combustion engines; welding, or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame or using explosives is also banned. More information is online at https://www.fs.usda.gov/kootenai/

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

The incident meteorologist is forecasting 1/4 to 1/2 of an inch or rain starting around midnight of Aug. 26 and lasting through Aug. 27.