Moose Peak and West Fork Fires Daily Fact Sheet 09.11.17
Incident: Moose Peak Fire Wildfire
Fire Information Number: (406) 209-9961 Evacuation Information: (406) 293-6295
Location: West Fork is 7 miles northwest of Libby, MT Size: 13,372
Cause: Lightning Containment: 0% Personnel: 235
Location: Moose Peak Fire originated near Moose Peak in Sanders County, MT Size: 8,209
Cause: Lightning Containment: 0% Personnel: 26
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Weather: Although cloud cover shortened the active burning period on both fires yesterday, fire intensity was the highest that it has been for several days and is expected to continue today. A Red Flag Warning in effect for this afternoon as the temperature will reach into the 80s and relative humidity will range 13-18%. Winds are forecasted to be from the southwest at 5-10 mph with gusts to 20 mph but can push fire to the northeast if aligned with the terrain. South facing aspects will be especially active as the day gets hotter and drier. Tuesday is expected to be a near critical weather day with high winds and low relative humidity.
West Fork Fire Yesterday: Conditions allowed for crews to burnout along the USFS 6144 Road to the Quartz Creek road ahead of the fire which was backing slowly down the west side to the Quartz Creek Road. In some places burning debris rolled across the road but crews were able to contain all the spots on the west side of Quartz Creek road.
Fire activity increased through the day near Mount Tom and the DC-10 air tanker was used to drop retardant just north of Mount Tom. This retardant line helped to slow fire growth and allow equipment and crews time to improve the primary containment lines near the junction of 17 Mile Road and Pipe Creek Road. Four helicopters dropped water in the USFS 4613 road area as fire pushed to the east. A spot fire was detected by the Air Attack Group Supervisor near Gold Hill approximately six miles due east of Loon Lake. Two heavy air tankers were able to box the spot fire in with retardant. The east side of the Bobtail Ridge burnout was completed today. The last section was tied into a dozer line at the north end of Bobtail Road.
Today’s Planned Actions: Crews will slowly burn north along the USFS 6144 Road as conditions allow. Engines will patrol and monitor the fire as it backs down Quartz Creek Road. Equipment and operators will be improving old logging roads and dozer lines on the north and east sides of the fire, creating a fireline. The dozer line from the Bobtail Road to Pipe Creek will be improved as a containment line. Aerial resources will be utilized as needed and if conditions allow.
West Fork Fire Evacuations: Some evacuation orders have been lifted. Please check the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Facebook page or call (406) 293-6295 for the most up-to-date information on evacuations.
West Fork Fire Closures: The Kootenai National Forest has issued a closure order in effect for the West Fork Fire. The map and order is located under the closure tab on the Inciweb Page.
Moose Peak Yesterday: As fire became more active in the Miller Lake area, crews burned out a section of unburned fuel along the dozer line extending north of the lake. A masticator began working east of Miller Lake along the primary containment line. Aerial resources quickly responded to a spotfire outside of the primary containment line east of Fishtrap Creek.
Today’s Planned Actions Firefighters will monitor yesterday’s burnout west of Miller Lake. The heavy equipment will continue to work on improving the primary containment lines south of McGinnis Meadows from Fishtrap Creek. The aerial resources will be available again today to assist as fire behavior increases.
Fire Behavior: Fire will remain very active today and a Red Flag Warning is in effect this afternoon. SW winds could push fire to the northeast, especially where winds are aligned with Vermillion Creek.
Moose Peak Fire Pre - Evacuations: Evacuation notices have been issued for East Fisher Rd and Bayhorse Ranch. Pre-Evacuation notices have been issued for McGinnis Meadows. Please check the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Facebook page or call (406) 293-6295 for the most up-to-date information on evacuations.
Moose Peak Fire Closures: Sylvan Lake campground has been closed as well as. The Kootenai National Forest has issued a closure order in effect for the Moose Peak Fire. The map and order is located under the closure tab on the Inciweb Page.