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Caribou Fire

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Kootenai National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
31374 US Hwy 2
Libby, MT 59923

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News Release, Aug 24

Caribou Fire Wildfire
News – 8/26/2017

CARIBOU FIRE CONTINUES TO BURN IN THE YAAK AREA

TROY, Mont. August 24, 2017The Caribou Fire, located primarily on the Three Rivers Ranger District, is one of three active fires currently being staffed on the Forest. The fire, in the vicinity of the upper reaches of Caribou Creek and Robinson Mountain, is estimated at 520 acres and burning in timber with active fire behavior and exhibiting torching and spotting. A Type III Team led by Justin Erickson of the Three Rivers Ranger District is in command of the fire. The team will continue mop up work and patrol for hot spots. The district will continue tocoordinate with Canada, and use aircraft to drop fire retardant to improve existing lines on the north side of the fire. Closure orders are in effect and can be found at Forest Service offices as well as online at https://www.fs.usda.gov/kootenai/.

Stage II Fire Restriction are in effect, with extreme fire conditions. Under Stage II Fire Restrictions the following acts are prohibited:

  1. Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire or stove fire. Fires fueled solely by liquid petroleum or LPG (i.e. propane) fuels are authorized.

  2. Smoking except within an enclosed vehicle or building; a developed recreation site; or while stopped in an area at least three (3) feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable material.

  3. Operating motorized vehicles off designated roads and trails.

  4. The following acts are prohibited from the hours of 1:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.:

  1. Operating an Internal Combustion Engine

  2. Welding, or operating an acetylene or other torch with open flame

A patrol is required for one hour following cessation of all activities as identified above in #4.

For current fire restrictions please visit www.firerestrictions.us

Call Kirsten Kaiser at 406-295-4693 for more info on the Caribou Fire.