Beaverhead/Deerlodge National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
420 Barrett St Dillon Montana 59725
Dillon, MT 59725
August 11, 2017 9:00 a.m. For Immediate Release (406) 859-9107
Acres Burned: 13,450 Containment: 5%
Fire Started: July 14, 2017 Cause: Lightning
Engines: 14 Helicopters: 4
Dozers: 2 Skidgines: 2
Water Tenders: 8 Crews: 14
Total Resources: 513
Good progress continues on the Meyers fire, located 25 air miles southwest of Philipsburg, Montana. Hand crews and heavy equipment completed construction of indirect fireline along the southeast and east flanks of the fire, northward to Copper Creek #80 Road. As crews and equipment complete their work in one area they will be transported to the next priority for line construction. Crews will continue to clear brush and hazard trees along Copper Creek Road towards Frog Pond Basin.
A drying trend may increase fire behavior today and air resources are prepared to utilize bucket drops to cool hotspots and protect resources at risk. Another Chinook helicopter from the National Guard will be arriving today for added air support.
Firefighters continue to strengthen lines, suppress the fire, and provide structure protection in the Moose Lake area. The western flank of the fire still remains largely unstaffed.
This fire is projected to be a long duration fire and is expected to grow larger over time. While the Meyers fire is not posing any imminent danger, residents of the East Fork Reservoir and Georgetown areas can expect to see fire vehicles and equipment for the next several days as firefighting personnel and equipment implement the long-term contingency plan to protect those communities.
This plan was implemented because public, firefighter, and aviation safety remains the number one priority for this and all fires. The extreme number of dead standing hazard trees as well as a large amount of downfall makes this a very dangerous fire and limits firefighter access.
Evacuations: The Granite County Sheriff issued evacuation notices for the FROG POND BASIN, COPPER CREEK CAMPGROUND and the MOOSE LAKE areas. These areas are closed for public health and safety due to wildfire.
Fire Restrictions/Closures: Interagency fire management officials in southwestern Montana began Stage 1 fire restrictions, effective at midnight on August 5, 2017. These restrictions apply to the following areas: Madison County, Beaverhead County, Deer Lodge County, Silver Bow County, Powell County south of I-90 and Highway 12 and Granite County south of I-90 and east of the Lolo National Forest boundary. The current fire danger level across the forest is Very High. Granite County has implemented Stage II fire restrictions for private lands within Granite County. An Emergency Closure Order, dated August 3, 2017, remains in place for Copper Creek Road #80 closed at the junction with Moose Lake Road #5106. The Copper Creek Campground is closed. The Ross Fork Road #70 remains open to local traffic only. A map and narrative of the closure area is available on InciWeb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/photos/MTBDF/2017-07-20-1925-Meyers-Fire/picts/2017_08_03-22.09.50.566-CDT.pdf Temporary Flight Restrictions: A TFR encompasses the area over the fire. For more information http://tfr.faa.gov/