Phone: Fire information number is 406-329-3802F
Fact sheets will be updated when significant changes occur on the Sunrise and Burdette Fires 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, South West Incident Management Team
Current Status: Sunrise fire is 26,310 acres with continued fire activity on the SW corner. Water and fire retardant were used yesterday to slow the fire’s progress as it continues to move into the upper end of Quartz Creek Drainage. Burdette remains at 649 acres with active fire behavior on the interior and no expectation that acreage will increase. Containment on both fires remains at 95% completed with repair activities suspended for today due to active fire behavior on the SW corner. Additionally, the team responded to two new wildfires in the area. Crews hauled 58 dumptruck loads of slash to Mineral County gravel pit yesterday. Thirty of these loads were burned in an “air curtain burner”. An “air curtain burner” is a special incinerator that utilizes a “curtain” of forced air to create efficient combustion and minimum emissions.
Outlook: Temperatures are increasing and low relative humidity will likely cause active fire behavior and smoke in the interior on both the Sunrise and Burdette Fires today. Air resources will continue with water bucket drops and fire retardant on the SW corner of Sunrise in the upper end of Quartz Creek Drainage. Crews continue slash hauling and burning in the “air curtain burner”. Providing for public and firefighter safety continues to be the top priority for the incident management team.
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 issued an amended closure order yesterday that shrinks the area closed by the Sunrise Fire and opens West Trout Creek Road. The amended closure order and map can be found on Inciweb. Stage II Fire Restrictions remain in place: https://firerestrictions.us/mt/missoula-area/
Smoke outlook link: https://www.wildlandfiresmoke.net/outlooks/2017/Montana#Area5 Sunrise Acres Percent Contained Personnel 26,310 acres 95% 32