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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 Fact Sheet for August 27, 2017 – 9:00 a.m.

Liberty Fire Wildfire
News – 8/27/2017

Acres: 11,551 acres Percent Contained: 17%

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

Yesterday: After initiating mostly successful firing operations Friday, over 130 firefighters “coyote camped” (slept out in safe areas off the fireline and ate MREs for dinner) maintaining a watch on the fire overnight and resuming operations early Saturday morning. Saturday saw temperatures rise three to five degrees over Friday and humidities decrease by 7-9 % by midafternoon. Crews continued firing operations North along the center section of the Eastern edge of fire to tie in with an established firebreak that was also finished, completing confinement lines from the Boles Meadow Fire scar to the Jocko Lake Fire scar in the Northeastern corner of the fire. Down in the Southeast portion where the fire activity is the heaviest, crews continued yesterday’s very smoky firing operations towards Gold Creek. One, and sometimes two, helicopters operated throughout the day making multiple water drops on the Southern and Southeastern portions of the fire to slow it down and keep it in check to give crews time needed to conduct their priority assignments. With the evening winds, however, the main fire made a hard push and several spot fires jumped over the containment line. Along the Eastern end of the Southern border crews continued preparation and cleanup along the new containment lines, and successfully put in a half mile of hand fire lines. Repair work was begun on dozer lines and safety zones in the Northwestern portions of the fire. Yesterday’s operational shift concluded with firefighters “spiked out” for a second night in place on the line to both keep an eye on the fire and get an early start on Sunday’s operations. Unlike Friday night, hot meals were packaged and brought up to them.

Today: Saturday’s warming trend is expected to continue with temperatures forecast to be another two to five degrees warmer in the low to mid 80’s on the firelines and low relative humidities forecast in the single digits for a second day. Fireline repair efforts, leveling berms, building erosion stopping water bars along firelines, restoring cold containment and dozer lines to a more natural state and chipping slash piles will continue in the Northwestern section of the fire near its origin. Along the central portion of the Eastern section of fire line firing/burning operations have been completed. Crews will patrol the burn lines and search for spot fires. On the Southeast corner crews will go “direct attack” on the new slop over and spot fires, and cut mechanical and handlines around them to corral and tie them into the main containment line. On the Southern portion of the confinement firefighters will evaluate the half mile of hand fire line put in last night and check for spot fires before continuing with firing operations and extending the burnout west into the 2003 Mineral-Primm Fire scar.

Resources on the Fire: 4 20-person crews, (plus 2 more 20-person crews on loan from other fires) 10 engines,
3 bulldozers, 8 skidgines, 10 water tenders, Total: 393

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