Sunrise & Burdette Fires
Fact Sheet 09/10/2017
Phone: Fire information number is 406-329-3802
Location: 11 miles Southeast of Superior, MT
Agency Jurisdiction: U.S. Forest Service, Lolo National Forest, Ninemile & Superior Ranger Districts
Incident Command: Ken Parks, Incident Commander, SWIM IMT
Current Status: Fire activity is moderate on the Sunrise Fire. Fire continues to back into Quartz Creek Drainage on the SW Corner of the fire. Burdette remains at 649 acres with minimal fire behavior and no expectation that acreage will increase.
Outlook: Winds are expected to be breezy from the west. Crews will patrol and monitor the Quartz Creek drainage as weather and terrain allows. Engines will patrol the Quartz, Trout Creek and other roads around the fire to make sure roads are clear and no hot spots are near containment lines. Minimal fire activity is occurring on Burdette. Providing for public and firefighter safety continues to be the top priority for the incident management team. Suppression repair work on the fire is estimated to be 90% completed, and managers continue to work with the Resource Advisors to repair contingency control lines.
Crews will dispose of woody debris created during construction and improvement of contingency fire lines along roads by hauling approximately 400 dump truck loads to a disposal site and burning it in an “air curtain burner” to minimize emissions .
Key Message: Resources continue to be spread out thin on the numerous fires in the Northern Rockies Region. Managers will prioritize where the most critical needs are for equipment and personnel.
If You Fly, We Can’t! The use of unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) is prohibited near wildfires. A drone in controlled airspace can endanger aircraft, pilots and the firefighters that depend on them. Please do not use drones near wildfires!
Closures: A Stage II Evacuation notice remains in place for the Quartz Creek. Stage II is a precautionary measure that asks residents to be ready in the event that the fire changes quickly. The Forest Service area closure remains in place on the Lolo National Forest as well as Stage II Fire Restrictions.
Smoke outlook link: http://wildlandfiresmoke.net/outlooks/2017/Montana#Area5 Fire Restriction information: https://www.fs.usda.gov/lolo