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Caribou Fire Update 09-16-2017

Incident: Caribou Fire Wildfire
Released: 9/16/2017

Fire Information Line: 406-272-2082

Location: Caribou Fire located 21 miles northwest of Eureka, MT Current Size: 24,206 Total Acres
Cause: Lightning Containment: 50% Personnel: 328 United States: 21,534 Canada: 2,672
Email: CaribouFire2017@gmail.com Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5539/

Location: Gibralter Ridge Fire located seven miles east of Eureka, MT Current Size: 12,725 Acres
Cause: Lightning Containment: 27% Personnel: 48
Email: GibralterRidgeFire2017@gmail.com Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5474/

Location: Weasel Fire located 17 miles northeast of Eureka, MT Current Size: 3,925 Acres
Cause: Lightning Containment: 0% Personnel: 0
Email: GibralterRidgeFire2017@gmail.com Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5605/

As Mop-Up Progresses, Suppression Repair Begins

Caribou Fire: Mop-up work is complete on the east and southeast edges of the fire near West Kootenai. In those areas, fire crews are beginning to repair firelines, starting with the contingency line west of Tooley Lake. In the southwest area of the fire, firefighters are continuing to chip slash along the Yaak River Road (Forest Road 92), and are controlling the fire as it slowly reaches that prepared fireline. Last night, Incident Commander Shawn Pearson and his staff presented a detailed briefing to 75 residents at the West Kootenai Store, and answered questions.
Caribou Evacuations: None.
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’s movement down the Whale Creek drainage was minimal, due to yesterday’s cold, moist weather. Firefighters are continuing the work of removing fuels along Grave Creek Road, by chipping slash created from brush removal operations. Crews continue to patrol the fire area to mop-up hot spots.
Gibralter Ridge Evacuations: None.
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: Yesterday, aerial observers reported that the fire had moved very little along Tuchuck Mountain due to yesterday’s cool weather. No private property or structures are threatened.

Weather: Today’s weather will remain favorable to fire control, with temperatures below 60 degrees and relative humidity 36-45%. Winds will be light and variable throughout the day.

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

Unit Information

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Kootenai National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
31374 US Hwy 2
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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