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Burdette Fire Fact Sheet 8/13/17

Incident: Burdette Fire Wildfire
Released: 4 days ago

Firefighter and public safety is the first priority for suppression activities. Today is the one-year anniversary of the death of Lolo Hotshot crew member Justin Beebe. Justin was hit by a snag while fighting a fire in Great Basin National Park.

Incident Objectives: The Burdette Fire is a full suppression fire with a confine/contain strategy. Firefighter and public safety is the first priority for suppression activities. High value resources and assets will be identified within the planning area for long term management.

Indirect fire lines are still needed to check the fires progress northeasterly. Operations have been hampered to complete this operation due to lack of resources, heavy dead and down fuels, and rough terrain.

Yesterday: A fire module crew of 7 was the only resource assigned to the fire yesterday. Only minimal creeping and smoldering were observed, however, roll-out of debris is still possible in this very steep terrain. This crew continued to patrol and mop up along all fire lines with a few hot spots and smokes observed throughout the day. The open fire perimeter on the northeast flank was active where helicopter water buckets were needed to cool active fire.


Today: This fire will be unstaffed starting today. Fire managers will monitor from air on future days. Helicopter water bucket drops will be available as needed.

Weather: The Red Flag Warning will continue into Sunday night and bring a more unstable atmosphere. Sunday will become more of a wind event with southwest winds 10-20 mph and gusts to 30 mph. Temperatures and relative humidity will be more seasonable, being in the low 80’s and RH’s in the mid 20% range.

Evacuations or Closures: None

Fire Restrictions: Mineral County and all if its neighboring counties in Montana are under Stage II fire restrictions. For more information on these restrictions please visit mt.gov/fire.aspx or https://firerestrictions.us/mt/ .

Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR): There are no flight restrictions over the Burdette Fire.

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Lolo National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
24 Fort Missoula Road
Missoula, MT 59804
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