Fire Update 9-14-2017
Incident: Caribou Fire Wildfire
Fire Information Line: 406-272-2082
Location: Caribou Fire located 21 miles northwest of Eureka, MT
Current Size: 24,127 Total Acres (United States: 21,477 Canada: 2,650)
Cause: Lightning Containment: 37% Personnel: 348
Email: CaribouFire2017@gmail.com Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5539/
Location: Gibralter Ridge Fire located seven miles east of Eureka, MT
Current Size: 12,700 Acres
Cause: Lightning Containment: 27% Personnel: 49
Email: GibralterRidgeFire2017@gmail.com Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5474/
Location: Weasel Fire located 17 miles northeast of Eureka, MT
Current Size: 3,900 Acres
Cause: Lightning Containment: 0% Personnel: 0
Email: GibralterRidgeFire2017@gmail.com Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5605/
Firefighters Make Good Progress with Cooler Temperatures
Caribou Fire: On the east and southeast side of the fire, hand crews continue with mop-up operations. Firefighters and equipment operators have completed fireline along the north side of Marias Mountain and are mopping up. Firefighters working in the South Fork of Young Creek west to Lime Creek conducted burn out operations to secure fireline yesterday evening. Fire progression on the southwest side of the fire has been slowed by existing timber harvest units and existing roads in the area. Slash clean up and log hauling operations are progressing in the Blacktail Creek area. Helicopters and Canadian CL-415 water scoopers will be available today to help slow fire growth.
Caribou Evacuations: The Pre-Evacuation Warning for West Kootenai North and South, Spring Creek, Dodge Creek, and Basin Creek remains in effect. Caribou Fire Closures: A Closure Order remains in place for the Caribou Fire. Closure Orders and maps under the “Closures” tab on Inciweb.
Gibralter Ridge Fire: The fire experienced minimal growth yesterday. Slash removal from brushing operations will occur today along Grave Creek Road. Crews will remain in the area to patrol and mop-up hot spots. The fire made minimal movement down the Whale Creek drainage yesterday on the Flathead National Forest (FNF). FNF fire crews have wrapped the Ninko Cabin, cleared out timber around it and are providing structure protection.
Gibralter Ridge Evacuations: 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.
Weasel Fire: The fire has been progressing northeast to Tuchuck Mountain. Subalpine Fir stands and heavy brush are contributing to the fire spread flanking both sides of Weasel Lake. The Weasel Cabin and dock are wrapped with fire resistant material. No private property or structures are threatened.
Weather: Cooler temperatures, higher relative humidity and north to northeast winds are in the forecast today. Cooler air will decrease temperatures to the 50s in the mountains and relative humidity will increase to 45-65%. Winds will be 15-20 mph on the ridgetops and 5-10 mph on the slope and valley bottom.
Resources Threatened: Private property, structures, historic resources, recreational resources, timber, terrestrial and aquatic habitats.
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