Kootenai National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
31374 US Hwy 2
Libby, MT 59923
CARIBOU FIRE UPDATE
TROY, Mont. August 25, 2017 – The Caribou Fire located on the Three Rivers and Rexford Ranger Districts 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 now estimated at 806 acres and burning in timber with active fire behavior and exhibiting torching and spotting.
The Type 3 Team led by Justin Erickson at the Three Rivers Ranger District will continue work which includes equipment use to help establish containment lines along the fire perimeter. Air resources, including helicopters and air tankers, have contributed significantly in suppression efforts. All fire control actions are taken with firefighter and public safety in mind. Temperatures are currently in the 75-80 degree range which may benefit firefighters, but weather forecast for next week calls for highs in the mid to late 90s.
The district will continue tocoordinate with Canadian officials, and use aircraft to drop fire retardant to improve existing fire lines. Closure orders in the Caribou Fire vicinity area 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:
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.
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.
Operating motorized vehicles off designated roads and trails.
The following acts are prohibited from the hours of 1:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.:
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.