Kootenai National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
31374 US Hwy 2
Libby, MT 59923
GIBRALTER RIDGE FIRE
AUGUST 27, 2017 9AM
Fire Information (406) 272-2082 GibralterRidgeFire2017@gmail.com
Incident: Lightning caused fire, seven miles east of Eureka, MT
Incident Command: RJ McDole, Incident Commander, and Jason Sunell, Incident Commander Trainee, Type 3 Incident Management Team
Current Size: 5,112 acres estimate
Current Resources: Crews: 1, Engines: 10, Helicopters: 1, Dozers: 1, Water Tenders: 3, Total Personnel: 87
Weather conditions today are expected to be warmer and drier with the high pressure sitting in the area. The inversion should break mid-day causing fuels to dry out and fire activity to increase. Unshaded areas will be especially vulnerable to ignition if sparks hit unburned fuel. Fire behavior will be moderate with short range fire spotting likely, and we can expect group tree torching and the fire to continue to back down slopes. The northwest flank of the fire holds a lot of heat and although it has not moved, there may be some short range spotting to the north.
Fire managers are planning a burn operation today along the west side of Grave Creek Road to tie the existing fire edge to the road. Smoke will be visible when these operations occurs. The hand crew continues to mop up the fire perimeter, felling snags and stabilizing logs that could roll and spread fire, and extinguishing hot spots. Helicopter water drops will help keep the spot fire on the east side of Grave Creek in check. It is available to help on other areas if it is needed to moderate fire activity. The Stahl Lookout was wrapped with fire retardant material as a precautionary measure.
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 to the public beginning at the junction of Grave Creek and Foothills Roads. Recreationists must observe these closures for their own safety and the safety of firefighters using the roads.
Due to the high fire danger, Lincoln County remains in Stage II Fire Restrictions.