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Caribou Fire News Release

Fire update, 8/30

Incident: Caribou Fire Wildfire
Released: 8/30/2017

Caribou Fire
August 30, 2017


Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5539/

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: 2,655 acres

Containment: 0%

Current Situation:

Red Flag Warning is in effect today due to projected high winds, low humidity and dry fuels.

The ridge of high pressure will build again bringing hot and dry conditions through most of the week. Afternoon thunderstorms with high winds are projected for today. Ridgetop winds may be as high as 25 to 35 mph which will push the fire to the northeast. There is a threat of fire growth due to these associated winds and the dry condition of the forest.

Today’s activities will be similar to previous days. Firefighters are continuing to create containment lines with heavy equipment tying in existing roads and natural barriers with a defensible fuel break. The objective is keep the fire from crossing Forest Road 5807 on the west flank and from crossing Forest Road 7205 to the east. Efforts on the east will specifically focus on slowing fire growth on the ridge west of Robinson Ridge as it could jeopardize the fuel breaks to the east. Air operations will continue to be used to aid in suppression activities. The fire has crossed over into Canada. Fire managers continue to work closes with the Canadians to coordinate operation as the fire continues to move across the border.

Tomorrow, the Kootenai Type 3 Team will be transitioning to Pearson’s Type 2 Team.

Closure orders are in effect north of the Basin Yaak Rd-Dodge Summit road and encompass the Caribou Creek Campground. Please 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

Unit Information

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

Incident Contacts

Gibralter Ridge/ Caribou Fire Information
Email: cariboufire2017@gmail.com
Phone: 406-272-2082
Hours: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Kirsten Kaiser
Email: kakaiser@fs.fed.us
Phone: 406-295-4693
Hours: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
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