Kootenai National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
31374 US Hwy 2
Libby, MT 59923
August 28, 2017
Incident: Lightning caused fire, 21 miles northwest of Eureka, MT
Incident Command: Justin Erickson, Type 3 Incident Management Team
Current Size: 1,500 acres estimate
Current Situation: The Caribou Fire is located on the Three Rivers and Rexford Ranger Districts, of the Kootenai National Forest, in the vicinity of Caribou Creek, Sink Creek, Robinson Mountain, Gold Lake and Lake Geneva and has crossed .25 miles into Canada. It is burning in timber with active fire behavior and exhibiting tree torching and spotting ahead of the fire’s edge. The majority (90% estimate) is in the U.S. The fire is generally moving in a northeast direction. Canadian fire managers have been preparing contingency lines to contain the fire if it were to cross the international border. Communication and coordination with Canada is working well and is guided by the 2017 British Columbia and NW United States Wildfire Response Border Arrangement. Canadian and US fire personnel meet on an annual basis to review, discuss and update this plan.
Today’s objectives are to continue to work closely with Canadian officials and use air and ground resources to create firelines, using roads and existing harvest units to contain the fire on National Forest lands. There is strong air support to control fire movement including the use of a Very Large Air Tanker (VLAT) for strategic retardant drops. The VLAT along with large air tankers, super scoopers (a plane that can scoop water into its belly), and helicopters were used Sunday to control fire movement and are again available to assis today.
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.