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: 5,947 acres estimate
Current Resources: Crews: 1, Engines: 10, Helicopters: 1, Dozers: 1, Water Tenders: 3, Total Personnel: 87
RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT WEDNESDAY NIGHT TO 9 PM MDT THURSDAY.
Tomorrow, The Kootenai type 3 team will transition with the Pearson’s North Idaho Type 2 Team.
An early morning storm cell brought light rain to the southern edge of the fire, but it will dissipate. Another storm cell this afternoon may bring more thunderstorms. Of concern today is continued hot dry conditions with outflow winds and lightning that continue into Wednesday. This will lead to an increased chance of spotting and growth of existing spot fires. This instability will continue through the week so expect increasing west to southwest winds and a higher chance for gusty winds and low humidity.
The burn operations conducted over the last few days were successful in bringing the black line to the Grave Creek Rd. The night crew continued patrolling and extinguishing hot spots along the road and keeping the fire line clear of rolling debris. Today the crews will work on “heavy” mop up including felling snags, removing debris from the road and reducing potential fire spread by rolling debris. A spot fire has become established across Graves Creek Road. Helicopter water drops will be used to keep it in check as well as cool the northwest edge of the fire. Crews will also be available to assist with initial attack for new fire starts.
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 publicbeginning at the junction of Grave Creek and Foothills Roads
Due to the high fire danger, Lincoln County remains in Stage II Fire Restrictions.