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Liberty Fire

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Flathead Agency
Bureau of Indian Affairs
PO Box 40 Pablo Montana 59855
Pablo, MT 59855

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Liberty Fire Update for August 14, 2017

Liberty Fire Wildfire
News – 8/14/2017

With Light Rainfall Fire Activity was Minimal

August 14, 2017 Morning Update

Acres: 4,973 acres (no infrared flight last night)
Start Date: July 15, 2017

Cause: Lightning
Origin Location: 17 miles SE of Arlee, Montana

Percent Contained or Completed: 90%
Fuels: Timber, forest litter, grass and shrubs

Total personnel: 274

Status of Line Miles % Complete
Line Completed 22 mi. 90%
Line to Finish 2.5 mi. 10%
Total Line to Build 24.5 mi. 100%

Yesterday rain fell across the fire area reducing active fire behavior. Crews took advantage of favorable weather to improve containment lines and complete suppression repair work on contingency lines. The fire was creeping and smoldering in Gold Creek and across the fire. The fire remains well within established confinement lines.

Today firefighters will continue to monitor the fire and work on line improvements. Firefighters are prepared to hold the confinement lines should the fire approach them over the next week. If the fire approaches confinement lines crews may use strategic firing operations to remove unburned fuel between the confinement line and the main fire. Removal of unburned fuels ahead of the main fire adds depth to the confinement lines and reduces the risk of spotting over the lines. Today Great Basin Team 3 will be briefed on the fire and beginning transitioning management of the fire with California Interagency Incident Management Team 1.

Today the temperatures are expected to warm and conditions will begin to dry out after yesterday’s rain. Temperatures are expected in the 70s and relative humidity is expected to decrease into the afternoon. Smoke has been reduced by yesterday’s winds and rain and can be expected to increase as fire activity pickups on fires in the area over the next several days.

No evacuation orders are in effect at this time. Out of caution the Evacuation Warning for the community of Placid Lake remains in effect. While there is minimal risk that the fire would reach Placid Lake, emergency managers would like residents to remain prepared should conditions change. The Liberty Fire has not moved east of its current position at Boles Meadow since July 30th. The closest uncontrolled fire perimeter is more than 9 miles away from Placid Lake with 2 control lines now complete between the community and the fire. The primary control line is 1.9 miles east of the fire’s edge, with a secondary control lines now in place at 2.7 miles. The existing road system east of established controls provides an additional measure of protection to the community.

Firefighters are working to limit the fire’s spread and protect values at risk where they can do so safely and effectively. These values include watersheds, sensitive cultural and natural resources, private inholdings and local communities, powerlines, air quality, and important recreation areas and wilderness areas.

Wildfires are a No Drone Zone. If you fly, we can’t. Every time a drone is spotted near the fire all aircraft are grounded until we can be sure the drone is clear of this area. More info visit Know Before You Fly,

Fire Information: 406-272-4354 (8:00 am to 8:00 pm)

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