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Caribou Fire News Release

Fire Update 09.17.2017

Incident: Caribou Fire Wildfire
Released: 9/17/2017

Fire Information Line: 406-272-2082 · Estimated acres – No IR

Location: Caribou Fire located 21 miles northwest of Eureka, MT Current Size: 24,753 Total Acres

Cause: Lightning Containment: 50% Personnel: 310 United States: 21,992 Canada: 2,761

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

Location: Gibralter Ridge Fire located seven miles east of Eureka, MT Current Size: 12,938 Acres

Cause: Lightning Containment: 37% Personnel: 47

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/

Changing Weather, Suppression Repair Continues

Caribou Fire: On the east and southeast edges of the fire near West Kootenai, fire crews are beginning to repair firelines, starting with the contingency line west of Tooley Lake. Isolated burning is occurring in heavy continuous fuels including some old Lodgepole stands in the Lime Creek area. In the southwest area of the fire, firefighters completed chipping and are hauling slash along the Road 999. Today’s unsettled weather will bring warm westerly flow of winds in advance of Monday’s cold front.

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: Fire activity in the Whale Creek drainage was minimal, but with some active fire on the west side of Williams Creek drainage. 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, some isolated torching occurred along Tuchuck Mountain. No private property or structures are threatened.

Weather: Today’s unsettled weather will bring warm strong westerly winds at 15 mph with gust to 25 mph on ridgetops. Temperatures will be in the high 60s with increase smoke in the morning hours.

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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