Kootenai National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
31374 US Hwy 2 Libby Montana 59923
Libby, MT 59923
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.
|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Tuesday July 31st, 2018 approx. 10:46 AM|
|Location||19 Miles south of Eureka, MT It is directly east of Lake Koocanusa, burning in Tenmile drainage, for which the fire was named.|
|Incident Commander||Evans Kuo, Great Basin Incident Management Team 5|
|Coordinates||48.594 latitude, -115.164 longitude|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||100%|
|Estimated Containment Date||Friday August 31st, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM|
Timber, regeneration timber, brush and deep duff
Firefighters contained the Tenmile Fire Aug. 26. Firefighters anticipate the repair work on containment lines to be complete midweek.
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.
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/
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.