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Burdette Fire

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

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Burdette Fire Fact Sheet 8/4/17

Burdette Fire Wildfire
News – 8/4/2017


Burdette Fire

Lolo National Forest

For Immediate Release Fire Information: 1-406-822-9084

August 4, 2017 9:00 am Office hours: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Incident: Lightening caused, reported on July 16, 2017 at approx. 3:53pm

Location: 13 miles southeast of Tarkio, Montana

Jurisdiction: US Forest Service

Cooperating Agencies: Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks, Mineral County Sheriff’s Office, Mineral County DES, Montana DNRC, Mineral County Commissioners, Superior Volunteer Fire Department and Frenchtown Rural Fire District

Incident Commander: Shawn Pearson, Northern Rockies Type II Incident Management Team (IMT)

Current Size: 645 acres, as per Infrared Mapping early this morning
Containment: 45%

Strategy: Full Suppression
Structures Threatened: 0

Yesterday’s Activity: Air attack was very effective on the rugged talus slopes where conditions are not safe for ground crews. Hand crews, including hotshot crews, constructed new handline on the southeastern edge to prevent the fire from moving deeper into Hyde Creek. Cold trailing (hand checking) for hot spots along previously constructed line continued along the fire perimeter as crews increased containment percentages.

Current Resources:The number of firefighters is 80. Resources assigned include: 2 hotshot crews, 1 twenty person hand crew, 1 fire use module, and local district assistance.

Planned Actions: Gusty winds expected on ridgelines will most likely lead to increased fire behavior as a cold front moves over the area. An additional hotshot crew arrives today to assist in securing line completely around the fire. Crews will search out and extinguish all pockets of heat near the recently completed containment line. Helicopters will drop water to support firefighters on the ground.

Special Messages/Closures:

  • Community Fire Information Meeting TOMORROW at Lozeau Lodge at 7:00 pm

  • Smoke may reduce visibility, drive with caution

  • Gmail account:

  • For fire information:

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