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Sapphire Complex-Little Hogback News Release

9-22-2017 Sapphire-Little Hogback area update

Incident: Sapphire Complex-Little Hogback Wildfire
Released: 9/22/2017

Meyers and Sapphire Complex Fires Update

Friday, September 22, 2017

Fire Information Line: (406) 859-3211



Facebook: Lolo National Forest Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest Bitterroot National Forest

Due to cold temperatures, accumulated precipitation and minimal fire activity, Type 3 teams are managing the fires. Rehabilitation work and mop up continues.

Sapphire Complex: 43,733 acres

Location: Approximately 25 miles south-southeast of Missoula

Containment: 90%

Cause: Lightning

Total Personnel: Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest: 51

Three fires comprised the Sapphire Complex: Little Hogback, Goat Creek, and Sliderock; all managed by the Lolo National Forest. Suppression repair work for the Little Hogback continues by the Lolo and Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest and the Type 3 Team.

Little Hogback Fire: 34,552 acres

Goat Creek Fire: 8,300 acres

Sliderock Fire: 901 acres

Meyers Fire: 62,034 acres

Location: Approximately 25 miles southwest of Philipsburg, Montana

Containment: 90%

Cause: Lightning

Total Personnel: All team personnel have been demobilized from the incident. Local agency Type 3 personnel have assumed management of the incident. Personnel estimated at 64.

Suppression repair work. Smoke will be monitored. Areas of smoldering fuels will be mopped up as needed.

Meyers-Sapphire Complex: Due to rainfall, there is minimal threat around private property and structures.

There are no evacuations in place.


Some trail closures are possible due to safety concerns such as tree snags.

As of September 19, 2017 - Closures rescinded for:

The Meyers Fire.

The Hogback Fire

The Bitterroot National Forest has removed all fire closures.

As of Sept. 21, 2017, all closures on the Sapphire Complex are rescinded. This includes lands in the Upper Willow Creek drainage, Scotchman Gulch, Ram Mountain areas, the Miner Gulch Road and BLM roads 4638, 4642, 4639, 4640, and 4641.

Temporary flight restrictions (TFR) for the Sapphire Complex and Meyers Fire areas are lifted.

Stage 1 fire restrictions have been rescinded in the following areas near the Meyers Fire: Beaverhead County and Granite County south of I-90 and east of the Lolo National Forest boundary. Outdoor debris and pile burning are still prohibited. For fire restriction details, visit

Safety in areas recently opened

Burned areas present unique hazards to campers, hikers, and hunters and especially those who may remain in these areas for extended periods.

Those traveling on Forest roads through burned areas should carry a small saw or axe to remove downed trees that may block your route.

Snags, dead, standing trees are prone to fall without warning in burned areas. In windy conditions, the danger of falling snags is increased and visitors should always be alert to the condition of trees and the weather.

The base of a tree may be consumed in a wildlife and the stump completely burned out, leaving a deep pocket or hole not visible to anyone walking through the area. Use caution when walking anywhere in the burned area.


Wet, cold weather is predicted through the rest of the week. Snow is possible at 5,000-6,000 feet this week.

For further information, visit and select “Meyers Fire” or “Sapphire Complex” in Montana, and follow the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest Facebook, Bitterroot National Forest Facebook or Lolo National Forest pages.

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Lolo National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Missoula, MT 59804

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Missoula Ranger District
Phone: 406-329-3814
Hours: M-F 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

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