Kootenai National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
31374 US Hwy 2
Libby, MT 59923
Gibralter Ridge Fire
Fact Sheet Saturday 08/19/2017 6:00AM
Location: 7 miles east of Eureka, MT
Incident Command: Type 2 Incident Management Team, Rick Connell, I.C. Fire Size: 2,864 Containment: 13% Fire Personnel: 424
Current Status: Yesterday, the forecasted winds did not adversely affect the fire and crews were able to continue hand ignition in the southwest corner. There are now 15 miles of shaded fuels break along the Foothills and Graves Creek. This fuels break will allow firefighters to work on containing the fire both north and south along the Foothills Road. Mop up operations continued, where firefighters seek out and suppress any residual heat sources, focusing on the areas around structures and working along the fire line when possible.
Planned Actions: Today, crews and equipment will continue working on thinning vegetation and creating a shaded fuels break to the northwest along the Foothills Road. Burning operations along the south side of the fire are planned in order to keep the fire burning slowly downhill to the road. These actions allow firefighters to safely contain the fire with the least amount of negative impacts.
Evacuations: An Evacuation Warning remains in effect for the Sherman Creek, Griffith Creek, Therriault Pass Road, and Stevens Creek areas. These areas remain closed to the public with residents only allowed in with vehicle passes. A Pre-Evacuation Warning remains in effect for the Glen Lake and Sinclair Creek (south/east of West Road) area. Residents are reminded to be prepared with a plan for evacuation including what you need to bring with you in the event of an evacuation.
Closures: Grave Creek road and the Ten Lakes recreation area remain closed beginning at the junction of Grave Creek and Stoken Roads. The Deep Grave Creek Divide area remains under a temporary closure affecting all traffic. Lincoln County is still in Stage II Fire Restrictions.
Cooperating Agencies: US Forest Service (Jurisdiction), Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Lincoln County Emergency Management Services, Eureka Volunteer Fire Department, Trego-Fortine-Stryker Volunteer Fire Department, Red Cross.