Kootenai National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
31374 US Hwy 2
Libby, MT 59923
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
Due to higher priority fires in the area no new Infra-red flights have been made over this fire. As a result we have not issued any new maps in recent days. While the fire perimeter has remained relatively stable, we are unable to update the actual perimeter and acres involved.
The ridge of high pressure that has been dominating weather conditions for the last few days is starting to break. The result will be unstable weather conditions today. By afternoon there will be the possibility of dry lightning and wind outflows from the south. Cloud cover will increase in the afternoon with a continuing chance of dry lightning into the evening. This instability will continue through the week so expect increasing southwest winds and a higher chance for dry thunderstorms.
The burn outs conducted over the last two days are nearly complete. The night crew continued mop up along the containment lines and monitored the burnout along Grave Creek Rd. Today the hand crew will inspect the burn out along Graves Ck. Road. They will selectively burn out any remaining unburned fuels and continue to mop up the fire perimeter. This includes felling snags, stabilizing logs that could roll and spread fire, and extinguishing hot spots. Helicopter water drops will be used as needed to cool hotspots found inside and outside the containment lines as well as cool the northwest edge of the fire.
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.