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Observation Fire Update July 10, 2016

Incident: Observation Fire Wildfire
Released: 7/10/2016

Detected: June 24, 2016

Cause: Lightning

Current Size: 1,429 acres

Containment: 80%

Location: Bitterroot National Forest, Darby Ranger District, 10 miles southwest of Hamilton, MT.

Resources on Fire: There are a total of 333 personnel on the fire including Turman’s Type 1 IMT, 6 crews, 4 helicopters, 4 engines, 14 varied pieces of heavy equipment, and 2 water tenders.

Yesterday: There was minimal activity on the fire with intermittent showers passing through the area. Firefighters continued patrolling lines and mopping up, but few hotspots were found. Most of the fire has been mopped up from 200 to 400 feet from the fire perimeter. Chipping and fuel removal continued on the southern flank and repair of the contingency lines on the eastern side progressed. No aerial support was required and excess resources were demobed to their home units.

Today: With minimal fire activity, excess resources are being released to their home units. Heavy equipment will continue contingency line repair. Due to inclement weather, line resources are on stand-by in camp today. Specific resources will be identified and made available for initial attack on any new starts. The TFR has been removed around the fire area.

Weather: Wetting rain is expected throughout the day with temperatures in the 50s.

Fire Restrictions: Ravalli County closed the Burn Permit System prohibiting open burning (Resolution No. 3413).

Closures: Area closures remain in effect for the Lost Horse drainage from the junction of Lost Horse Rd. and Lick Creek Rd. west to the Idaho-Montana border, including Twin Lakes, Schumaker Campground and Bear Creek Pass Trailhead, and from Lake Como north to Camas Creek. LAKE COMO IS OPEN.

Special Notices: Flying unmanned aircraft is prohibited in the airspace above the fire. All bulletin boards have been removed with only those at the Bitterroot NF Supervisor’s Office in Hamilton and the District Office in Darby remaining. Information will continue to be posted online on InciWeb and Facebook.

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Bitterroot National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1801 North 1st Hamilton Montana 59840
Hamilton, MT 59840
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