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Caribou Fire

Unit Information

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

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Fire Update 9/1

Caribou Fire Wildfire
News – 9/1/2017

Fire Information Line: 406-272-2082

Location: Gibralter Fire is located seven miles east of Eureka, MT Current Size: 6,588 Acres

Cause: Lightning Containment: 27% Personnel: 38

Email: GibralterRidgeFire2017@gmail.com Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5474/

Location: Caribou Fire is located 21 miles northwest of Eureka, MT Current Size: 4,818 Acres

Cause: Lightning Containment: 0% Personnel: 102

Email: CaribouFire2017@gmail.com Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5539/

Extreme Fire Behavior Yesterday, Winds Persist Today

Weather: No red flag warning; although today is expected to be breezy. Warm and dry weather to continue through the end of the week.

Pearson’s North Idaho Type 2 IMT is managing the Gibralter Ridge and Caribou Fires. Acreage and containment figures are updated when new information is available.

Gibralter Ridge Fire: The fire received rain Wednesday which helped moderate fire behavior yesterday and keep fire growth minimal. Temperatures are predicted to increase with low humidity resulting in increased fire behavior through the weekend. Crews will continue to mop-up, patrol and monitor the west, south and east sides of the fire. Heavy equipment will be working in Williams Creek ahead of the fire backing down into the creek area.

Gibralter Ridge Evacuations: The Lincoln County Sheriff and the IMT evaluate the need for evacuations on a daily basis. A Pre-Evacuation Warning remains in effect for the Sherman Creek, Griffith Creek, Therriault Pass Road, Stevens Creek, Glen Lake and Sinclair Creek (south/east of West Road) areas.

Gibralter Ridge Closures: Grave Creek Road and the Ten Lakes Recreation area are closed above the Grave Creek/Foothills Road junction. Closure orders and maps under the closures tab on Inciweb.


Caribou Fire: The fire was very active yesterday and has moved east toward Forest Road 303. Containment line construction was initiated on the east side of the fire using existing roads natural barriers where available. Fire managers are assessing areas to implement fire line on the southwest section. The fire continues to actively burn into Canada, referred to as the Linklater Fire. Canadian fire managers met with Pearson’s team continue to coordinate firefighting efforts.

With the limited resources available, fire managers are strategically implementing actions where they would be most effective.

Caribou Evacuations: None

Caribou Fire Closures: Basin Yaak Road to Dodge Summit including Caribou Creek Campground are closed. Closure orders and maps under the closures tab on Inciweb.

Resources Threatened for both fires: Private property, structures, historic resources, recreational resources, timber, terrestrial and aquatic habitats and fall hunting.

Fire Restrictions: Lincoln County and the Kootenai National Forest are in Stage II Fire Restrictions due to Extreme Fire Danger.

For information on fire restrictions, please visit firerestrictions.us

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