Beaverhead/Deerlodge National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
420 Barrett St Dillon Montana 59725
Dillon, MT 59725
August 12, 2017 9:00 a.m. For Immediate Release (406) 859-9107
Acres Burned: 13,541 Containment: 5% Fire Started: July 14, 2017
Cause: Lightning Crews: 15 Helicopters: 5
Engines: 14 Dozers: 2 Skidgines: 2
Water Tenders: 9 Total Resources: 561
The Meyers Fire remains relatively calm with active fire areas predominantly in the northern and western flanks. However, the potential for large fire growth is high with 95% of the perimeter uncontained. The fire is still projected to burn for an extended period of time and long term contingency plans for protection of surrounding communities remain a priority. A new Type 2 Incident Management Team will arrive to ensure work continues seamlessly as the current team reaches the end of its assignment.
Hand crews and heavy equipment continued to make excellent progress yesterday on the primary indirect containment lines from the Senate Mt. area north to Moose Lake and beyond. As work is completed in one area the crews will move to the next priority area for line construction. Hazard trees will be cut and stacked and hand crews will follow with clearing brush and using chippers. Structure protection remained a priority for Moose Lake and the structures in Frog Pond were assessed and plumbed for protection. The western flank of the fire remains largely unstaffed.
Helicopters, including two Montana National Guard Chinooks each with a 2000 gallon capacity, flew several missions to cool hotspots with bucket drops in order to check the fire from encroaching on any priority areas.
A drying trend and an approaching cold front will bring higher winds today with RED FLAG conditions in the afternoon. Fire personnel will continue work on the indirect primary control line as well as going full swing constructing the contingency lines south of Georgetown Lake. This indirect strategy has been adopted because of the risk to firefighter safety and low probability of success of a direct attack.
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/.
Further information can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/US-Forest-Service-Beaverhead-Deerlodge-National-Forest-1540138089548920/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel, and https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5397/