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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 Aug 31, 2017

Liberty Fire Wildfire
News – 8/31/2017

Liberty Fire

Fact Sheet Update

August 31, 2017 – 9:00 a.m.

Inciweb address: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5437/

Start Date: July 15, 2017 Origin Location: 17 miles SE of Arlee, Montana

Cause: Lightning Fuels: Timber, forest litter, grass & shrubs

Acres: 14,710 acres Percent Contained: 20%

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

Yesterday: Humidities in the teens, temperatures in the high 80s, and Red Flag winds from the West and Northwest threatened to bring a day of active fire behavior. However, an inversion subdued fire activity into early afternoon. Cloud cover and smoke tamed the flames after the inversion lifted, enabling firefighters to keep fire in check near containment lines. On the Northwest corner of the fire, Suppression Repair crews chipped accumulated woody fuel along road W-2200. On the North side the BAER team continued its assessment of land rehabilitation needs. The containment line on the East side continued to be mopped up and secured, with interior fuels actively burning. The contingency line on road W-4341 was completed and a new safety zone was established. On the Southeast corner over ten miles of hose lay have been installed to help secure line, attack spot fires, and mop up. All the containment line in this corner was held. On the South side crews continued to secure and hold the dozer line into the Mineral-Primm Fire scar.

Because of excessive smoke and poor visibility, aircraft were not employed yesterday until briefly in the evening.

Today: The Incident Meteorologist (IMET) is predicting cooler, but dry conditions along with Red Flag winds, which may result in more active fire. On the North side the relatively quiet division will be monitored. The Suppression Repair crew will continue chipping along roads, and the BAER Team hydrologists will be assessing restoration needs. Firefighters will monitor, mop up, and improve the fireline on the East, preparing for eventual burnout. Crews expect to complete the hose lay on the Southeast corner, and firefighters will mop up to a depth of one chain (66 feet) interior to the indirect containment line. Some limited ignitions may be employed to deepen the line. Firefighters will hold and secure the containment line from the southernmost point of the fire to the Northwest into Gold Creek drainage, increasing line depth with firing operations if possible. Active fire in the Rattlesnake Wilderness will be monitored.

Resources on the Fire: 5 20-person crews, 10 engines, 6 bulldozers, 7 skidgines, 9 water tenders, Total: 429

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