Kootenai National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
31374 US Hwy 2 Libby Montana 59923
Libby, MT 59923
Sunday 08/20/2017 7:30AM
Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5474/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GibralterRidgeFire/ Email: GibralterRidgeFire2017@gmail.com Phone: (406) 250-8205 Location: 7 miles east of Eureka, MT Incident Command: Type 2 Incident Management Team, Rick Connell, I.C. Fire Size: 3,253 Containment: 13% Fire Personnel: 425 Current Status: Good progress was again made on both the shaded fuels break and burning operations yesterday. Fifteen miles of shaded fuels break exists along the Foothills and Grave Creek Roads. Successful aerial ignition from a helicopter and hand ignition on the ground is bringing fire slowly downhill towards the roads and fuels break. 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: The burning operation will continue today with hand ignition on the south end of the fire. The equipment will finish work on thinning vegetation and creating the shaded fuels break to the northwest of the fire along Foothills/Sinclair Road. A shaded fuels break provides an area of lighter fuels which allows firefighters a safer location to work from to secure and mop up the fire’s edge. 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.