Kootenai National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
31374 US Hwy 2
Libby, MT 59923
GIBRALTER RIDGE FIRE AND CARIBOU FIRE UPDATE
AUG 31, 2017
Fire Information Line: 406-272-2082
Location: Gibralter Fire is located seven miles east of Eureka, MT Current Size: 6,568 Acres
Cause: Lightning Containment: 39% Personnel: 87
Location: Caribou Fire is located 21 miles northwest of Eureka, MT Current Size: 3,290 Acres
Cause: Lightning Containment: 0% Personnel: 82
Pearson’s Type 2 IMT is Managing the Gibralter Ridge and Caribou Fires, Red Flag Warning Today
Weather: Red Flag fire Weather Warning in effect until 9PM Thursday. Warm and dry weather to continue through the end of the week.
Pearson’s North Idaho Type 2 IMT is managing the Gibralter Ridge and Caribou Fires. Acreage and containment figures are updated when new information is available.
Gibralter Ridge Fire: Burn-out operations took place over the last few days along Grave Creek Rd. Mop-up continues in the area along with felling snags and debris removal. The spot fire east of Grave Creek Road and north of Williams Creek grew in size yesterday. Helicopter bucket drops were used to cool down and slow fire growth on the northwest edge of the spot fire. Today, the crew will continue mop-up, patrol and monitor the west, south and east sides of the fire.
Gibralter Ridge Evacuations: The Lincoln County Sheriff’s’ and the IMT evaluate the need for evacuations on a daily basis. A Pre-Evacuation Warning remains in effect for the Sherman Creek, Griffith Creek, Therriault Pass Road, Stevens Creek, Glen Lake and Sinclair Creek (south/east of West Road) areas.
Gibralter Ridge Closures: Grave Creek Road and the Ten Lakes Recreation area are closed above the Grave Creek/Foothills Road junction.
Caribou Fire: Yesterday, heavy equipment continued to build containment line using roads and natural barriers in an effort to keep the fire from crossing Forest Road 5807 on the west and Forest Road 7205 on the east. Air operations continue to be used to slow the fire’s growth. The fire has crossed into Canada, referred to as the Linklater Fire. Canadian fire managers met with Pearson’s team yesterday to coordinate daily firefighting activities occurring on both sides of the U.S./Canadian border. Today, containment line construction continues with assessment work being done on future fire line location.
Caribou Evacuations: None
Caribou Fire Closures: Basin Yaak Road to Dodge Summit including Caribou Creek Campground are closed. Please refer to https://www.fs.usda.gov/kootenai for specific roads and trails affected by the order.
Resources Threatened for both fires: Private property, structures, historic resources, recreational resources, timber, terrestrial and aquatic habitats and fall hunting.
Fire Restrictions: Lincoln County and the Kootenai National Forest are in Stage II Fire Restrictions due to Extreme Fire Danger. Closure orders and maps under the closures tab on Inciweb.
For information on fire restrictions, please visit firerestrictions.us