Kootenai National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
31374 US Hwy 2
Libby, MT 59923
CARIBOU FIRE UPDATE
Incident: Lightning caused fire, 21 miles northwest of Eureka, MT
Incident Command: Jeff Stevenson, Type 3 Incident Management Team
Current Size: 1,257 acres estimate
Current Situation: The Caribou Fire is located primarily on the Three Rivers Ranger District, Kootenai National Forest, in the upper reaches of Caribou Creek and Robinson Mountain. It is burning in timber with active fire behavior and exhibiting tree torching and spotting ahead of the fire’s edge. The fire is generally moving in a northeast direction and is nearing the Canadian border. Canadian fire managers have been preparing contingency lines to contain the fire if it crosses the border.
Today’s objectives are to continue to keep the fire south of the Canadian border and use air and ground resources to create firelines, using roads and existing harvest units to keep fire on National Forest lands. There is strong air support to control fire movement including the possibility of the use of a Very Large Air Tanker for strategic retardant drops. The Very Large Air Tanker, or VLAT, is a converted DC-10 which can drop almost four times more retardant than other large air tankers, faster, and in a wider and more consistent retardant line.
The east and northeast side of the fire have the greatest fire activity. The west side is less active and continues to be patrolled.
Closure orders are in effect in the vicinity of the fire; refer to https://www.fs.usda.gov/kootenai/ for specific roads and trails affected by the order.
Stage II Fire Restrictions in Lincoln County due to extreme fire danger. Current fire restriction can be found at: www.firerestrictions.us
Call Kirsten Kaiser at 406-295-4693 for more information on the Caribou Fire.