Kootenai National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
31374 US Hwy 2
Libby, MT 59923
Fire Information: 406-272-2082
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
The ridge of high pressure that has been dominating weather conditions for the past few days is starting to break. Hot and dry conditions will continue today but a few thunderstorms may develop in the late afternoon and evening. This will bring gusty winds and the possibility of dry lightning. Expect cloudy skies and areas of smoke throughout the region.
The Caribou Fire is pushing toward the northeast. Firefighters are improving containment lines on the west side of the fire area. Hand crews, dozers, feller-bunchers and other heavy equipment are creating and improving a fuels break primarily along existing roads, generally south from the Canadian border on Forest Roads 303, 7202 and 7205. This fireline passes along the Young J fire area which burned in 2000 and harvested timber sale units. Aircraft retardant and water drops are assisting with slowing and keeping the fire in check on other portions of the perimeter.
There is close coordination with Canadian Officials as the fire has spread into British Columbia a short distance. Canadian fire managers have established contingency lines and are prepared to suppress fire activity as needed.
An informational meeting is planned for tonight August 29 at 7 pm at the Kootenai Store in the West Kootenai community. Fire managers will share their objectives and operations to date. We will meet on the back porch of the (closed) stored.
We do not have an updated fire perimeter map as the Infrared Flight could not occur last night. We will post current maps and acreage when it is available.
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