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Moose Peak Fire News Release

Moose Peak & West Fork Fires Daily Fact Sheet

Incident: Moose Peak Fire Wildfire
Released: 9/21/2017

Fire Information Number: (406) 209-9961 Evacuation Information: (406) 293-6295

Location: West Fork Fire is 7 miles northwest of Libby, MT Size: 20,008

Cause: Lightning Containment: 60% Personnel: 282

Email: WestForkMoosePeakFires@gmail.com InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5592/

Location: Moose Peak Fire originated near Moose Peak in Sanders County, MT Size: 13,854

Cause: Lightning Containment: 70% Personnel: 254

Email: WestForkMoosePeakFires@gmail.com InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5583/

Visit Lincoln County Webpage www.lincolncountymt.us to sign-up for the County Code Red system.

Public and firefighter safety continues to be our #1 priority. There will not be any further night patrols on either fire.

Weather: Cloudy skies with scattered showers will dominate the general area this week. Today, temperatures are only expected to reach the high 40s with light south winds of 5 mph and minimum relative humidity (RH) around 65%. Snow fall is expected at the 4,000’-4,500’ level with fog in the morning – NOTE: accumulation exists on Mt. Tom and the spot fire area on Gold Hill.

West Fork Fire Yesterday: Fire managers increased containment to 60% that includes the areas of lower Quartz Creek, Bobtail Creek and upper Pipe Creek road near the 17 mile junction. Firefighters patrolled and mopped up on most edges of the fire perimeter. Engines had limited accessibility to fire area due to slick, muddy roads. Back haul of unneeded equipment from the fire-lines is ongoing. Crews were working to remove danger trees weakened by recent fire and weather conditions along public access routes. The residents at 17 mile / Pipe Creek road have had their evacuation status downgraded to pre-evacuation and were allowed to return home. The access to the 17 mile area up Pipe Creek road was opened to residents ONLY with pilot cars escorting them to their properties.

Today’s Planned Actions: With the continued wet weather, firefighters will concentrate on patrolling, holding, and improving all containment lines. Muddy, slick roads may affect firefighter access to all fire areas again. The spot fire near Gold Hill will continue to be monitored. Rehabilitation needs for dozer lines are being identified and completed.

West Fork Fire Evacuations: 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 continues a closure order in effect for the West Fork Fire. The closure order and map are located under the closure tab on the InciWeb page.

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Moose Peak Yesterday: Fire managers increased containment to 70% that includes the areas around Miller Lake, Bayhorse Creek, Fishtrap Creek, and McGinnis Meadows. Firefighters concentrated on patrolling, holding, and improving all containment lines. Muddy, slick roads affected firefighter access to all fire areas. Back haul of unneeded equipment from fire-lines is ongoing.

Today’s Planned Actions: With the continued wet weather, firefighters will concentrate on patrolling, holding, and improving all hand and dozer lines established in the East Fisher Creek, McGinnis Creek, and Fishtrap Creek areas. Muddy, slick roads may affect firefighter access to all fire areas again today.

Moose Peak Fire Pre - Evacuations: 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: The Kootenai National Forest continues a closure order in effect for the Moose Peak Fire area. Sylvan Lake campground has been closed. The closure order and map are located under the closure tab on the InciWeb page.

Unit Information

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Kootenai National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
31374 US Hwy 2 Libby Montana 59923
Libby, MT 59923

Incident Contact

Kootenai National Forest
Email: wsykes@fs.fed.us
Phone: 406-293-6211
Hours: 8:00am to 5:00pm M-F

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