Moose PEak and West Fork Fires Daily Fact Sheet 9.14.17
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: 15,400
Cause: Lightning Containment: 10% Personnel: 284
Location: Moose Peak Fire originated near Moose Peak in Sanders County, MT Size: 10,300
Cause: Lightning Containment: 0% Personnel: 95
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Weather: Cooler and more moist air will be coming into the area over the next few days which should help moderate fire activity. At the Moose Peak fire, temperatures in the morning will be near freezing. North-northeast winds will continue to be gusty today until the afternoon, then taper off to near 5 mph overnight.
West Fork Fire Yesterday: Firefighters gained 10% containment in the lower Bobtail Road area of the fire. On the north side, the fire made it to within 100 feet of the planned containment line at 17 Mile Rd The spot fire to the northeast of the West Fork fire near Gold Hill has now grown to 100 acres and air support performed 6 drops of retardant. Firefighters constructed firelines with heavy equipment in the southern and western part of the fire near structures along the Quartz Creek Road.
Today’s Planned Actions: Firefighters will patrol and secure firelines in the Quartz Creek and Lower Bobtail Road areas, and monitor and hold the spotfire near Gold Hill with air resources if conditions allow. Additional resources have arrived to assist the structure protection group in assessing and providing structure protection measures where necessary. Patrols will also be working throughout the day along lower Bobtail Ridge to maintain containment. Crews will continue to prep as needed along logging roads from Bobtail to Pipe Creek. Northeast winds could test the established containment lines along the Quartz Creek Road.
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: The fire was very active, especially on the far north side west of Miller Lake and the east side near Fishtrap Creek. Helicopters performed numerous water drops yesterday to help slow the growth. The Miller Creek and Deep Creek Fires on the Lolo National Forest have combined to total 33,000 acres and are approximately 2-3 miles south of the Moose Peak Fire. Now called the Deep Creek Fire, they continue to be monitored by air.
Today’s Planned Actions: With the weather forecasted to be a little colder in that area in the next few days, a more direct attack in the northwestern part of the fire near Miller Lake Road may be possible. Firefighters will work at constructing dozer lines and cutting heavy fuels to create a stronger firebreak. Structure protection and air operations will continue throughout the day, if flying conditions are favorable. Crews will also be prepping the area for any further spread. Additional resources have arrived and will participate in these preparations and patrol of the area.
Moose Peak Fire Pre - Evacuations: Pre-Evacuation notices have been issued for East Fisher Road, Bayhorse Ranch and 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.