Confederated Salish & Kootenai Division of Fire News Release
For Immediate Release
September 1, 2017
POLSON, Mont. – Weather remains a big concern for firefighters as the Labor Day weekend approaches. Temperatures 10 to 20 degrees above normal, together with low relative humidity and wind, will test the work firefighters have recently completed on the Blue Bay Fire and other fires burning on the Flathead Reservation.
At the Blue Bay Fire, containment lines held well during the past several days of hot, windy conditions. Acreage remains at 490 acres and containment is 80 percent. Smoldering and creeping continue to be the predominant fire behavior. Firefighters are addressing any hot spots they encounter while improving firelines. At this time, no additional community meetings are planned unless significant fire activity occurs.
Strong winds at the 630-acre Upper Midway Fire near Ravalli pushed flames across containment lines at one location yesterday, but helicopters assisted firefighters in responding quickly, limiting the fire’s growth to approximately 26 acres. The fire is burning mostly in grass and is 80 percent contained. Thirty-four firefighters are assigned to the fire.
Fire behavior on the 230-acre Black Fire has picked up in recent days due to high temperatures, wind and low relative humidities. The lightning-caused fire, which started on July 15, is burning in the Mission Mountains Tribal Wilderness 3 miles north of Black Lake. Firefighters plan to use aircraft today to drop water and retardant in an effort to slow the fire’s growth to the north and east. No closures are currently in place for the Black Fire. The Confederated Salish & Kootenai Division of Fire is coordinating firefighting efforts with the Montana DNRC – Southwest Land Office and Lolo National Forest.
The safety of firefighters and the public remains the number one priority as we enter Labor Day weekend under the most extreme fire conditions of recent years. The public’s continued cooperation with the Stage 2 fire restrictions is a critical step in keeping everyone safe.
Evacuation Notices: None at this time.
Road Closures: To reduce the risk to firefighters and public, the B-2000 and B-2200 Roads are closed.