Moose Peak and West Fork Fires Daily Fact Sheet 9-13-17
Incident: Moose Peak Fire Wildfire
Fire Information Number: (406) 209-9961 Evacuation Information: (406) 293-6295
Location: West Fork Fire is 7 miles northwest of Libby, MT Size: 14,827
Cause: Lightning Containment: 0% Personnel: 238
Location: Moose Peak Fire originated near Moose Peak in Sanders County, MT Size: 8,830
Cause: Lightning Containment: 0% Personnel: 73
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Weather: Partly to mostly cloudy with haze today. Maximum temperatures should reach 77 and humidity 20-25%. West winds will be 10-20 mph, then switch to the north later in the day and continue through the night. A slight chance of rain is forecasted for Thursday with a better possibility of wetting rain overnight into Friday morning. The higher humidity and cooler temperatures should help to moderate fire activity towards the end of the week.
West Fork Fire Yesterday: As expected, yesterday was an active burning day and additional air resources were ordered but not able to be utilized until late afternoon because of heavy smoke over the fire. Burnout operations and helicopters dropping water near structures helped hold the fire along the Quartz Creek Road, and fixed wing aircraft dropped water on the far northeast side near Mount Tom. The fire backed down towards Pipe Creek close to 417 Rd north of Mt. Tom and continued backing downslope to the Quartz Creek Road on the west side. The spotfire located several miles northeast of the West Fork Fire grew to 20 acres and continues to be monitored from the air.
Today’s Planned Actions: Crews will continue to patrol and hold the fire to the east along logging roads connecting Bobtail Ridge and the Pipe Creek Road, and north on Pipe Creek Road. Additional engines and personnel were added for structure protection in the Pipe Creek area. Two additional hotshot crews are expected to arrive today to assist in constructing firelines and conducting burnout operations. Similar to yesterday, smoke over the fire area may ground aircraft until later in the day.
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: Firefighters continued to prep the 7150 Road above Miller Lake. Air over the Moose Peak fire was clearer than the West Fork so, although several spot fires were actively burning, helicopters were able to perform bucket drops in the area to control the lines. The Miller Creek Fire is located 2 to 3 miles south of the Moose Peak Fire and burning to the north towards the Moose Creek Fire. It is part of the Highway 200 Complex on the Lolo National Forest and is being closely monitored by air as visibility allows. Smoke from both fires was very visible yesterday afternoon as the fires burned actively.
Today’s Planned Actions: Structure protection and burnout operations will continue, expecting to hold the fire and attempt to prevent spread. With the changing weather conditions, crews will be able to attempt minimal movement of the fires.
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.