Kootenai National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
31374 US Hwy 2
Libby, MT 59923
Gibralter Ridge Fire Fact Sheet for August 21-22, 2017
Location: 7 miles east of Eureka, MT
Incident Command: Type 2 Incident Management Team, Rick Connell, I.C.
Fire Size: 3,554 Containment: 19% Fire Personnel: 378
Current Status: Crews completed burning operations on August 20th on the south side of the fire. Hand ignition on the ground brought the fire to Foothills and Grave Creek Roads. Fifteen miles of shaded fuels break exists along the Foothills and Grave Creek Roads.
Planned Actions: On August 21 and 22, crews will be mopping up the fire line along Foothills and Grave Creek Roads. Mop up is where firefighters seek out and suppress any residual heat sources. The existing containment line and areas near structures will be patrolled. The shaded fuels break work to the northwest on Foothills/Sinclair Road has been completed and equipment will be moved off the fire line.
Public Meeting: A Public Meeting to discuss the current fire situation and expected transition to a Type 3 Team is scheduled for Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at 6pm at the Lincoln County High School Auditorium in Eureka.
Evacuations: An Evacuation Warning remains in effect for the Sherman Creek, Griffith Creek, Therriault Pass Road, and Stevens Creek areas. 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. 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.