Fire Update, 9/8
Incident: Gibralter Fire Wildfire
Fire Information Line: 406-272-2082
Location: Gibralter Ridge Fire located seven miles east of Eureka, MT
Current Size: 7,443 Acres
Cause: Lightning Containment: 27% Personnel: 71
Email: GibralterRidgeFire2017@gmail.com Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5474/
Location: Caribou Fire located 21 miles northwest of Eureka, MT
Current Size: 21,005 Total Acres
Cause: Lightning Containment: 25% Personnel: 233 United States: 18,644 Canada: 2,361
Email: CaribouFire2017@gmail.com Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5539/
Added Crews And Equipment Reinforce Fire Line Construction Efforts
Weather: High pressure system will breakdown as moisture from the Pacific begins to move into the area. There is a chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms Friday to Saturday night. A weather watch is in place for Saturday.
Caribou Fire: Yesterday, Firefighters continue to mop-up hot spots and cool them down along the perimeter of West Kootenai, particularly in the Rocky Mountain Trail area. Crews and heavy equipment improved the four miles of fireline to the west and north, while joining lines to the south. Crews continued to improve fireline on the west end near Blacktail Creek. Cooler temperatures and lighter winds reduced fire activity. Direct fireline construction began in several locations along the south flank of the fire around Marias Mountain.
Today, Six additional hand crews will reinforce existing firelines in the West Kootenai area searching out hot spots and cooling them down. Firefighters will begin direct line construction heading west from the 303 Road. Heavy equipment will be used to build direct and indirect fireline along the south flank of Marias Mountain and on the west side of the fire near Blacktail Creek. With the potential for better visibility, helicopters can be used to help firefighters on the ground with water bucket drops.
Caribou Evacuations: Evacuation Order is still in effect for West Kootenai area north of Tooley Lake. A Pre-evacuation Warning is in effect for the West Kootenai area south of Tooley Lake and the Basin Creek area.
Caribou Fire Closures: A Closure Order remains in place for the Caribou Fire. Closure Orders and maps under the "Closures" tab on Inciweb.
Gibralter Ridge Fire: Cooler weather caused the fire to be less active. The fire has backed down to Williams Creek. Crews will continue to evaluate the creek bottom to ensure against fire spread. This is a steep snag-prone work area exposing firefighters to danger. Firefighters continue to look for potential hot spots around Grave Creek and the fire perimeter. Structure protection, including sprinklers and hose lays, are in place in case they are needed.
Gibralter Ridge Evacuations: 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. Closure Orders and maps under the "Closures" tab on Inciweb.
Resources Threatened for both fires: Private property, structures, historic resources, recreational resources, timber, terrestrial and aquatic habitats.
Fire Restrictions: Lincoln County and the Kootenai National Forest are in Stage II Fire Restrictions due to Extreme Fire Danger. For information on fire restrictions, please visit firerestrictions.us