Fire Information Number: (406) 209-9961
Location: West Fork Fire is 7 miles northwest of Libby, MT Size: 20,072
Cause: Lightning Containment: 60% Personnel: 101
Location: Moose Peak Fire originated near Moose Peak in Sanders County, MT Size: 13,854
Cause: Lightning Containment: 70% Personnel: 46
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Weather: Cloudy skies are forecasted to dominate the general area and temperatures will progressively warm into the 60’s over the next few days. Today, temperatures will likely reach the mid-50s with light westerly winds of 5 mph and minimum relative humidity (RH) around 45%. No precipitation is expected over the next several days.
West Fork Fire Yesterday:Containment remains at 60% including 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 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.
Today’s Planned Actions: With the more moderate weather and drying conditions, firefighters will concentrate on patrolling, holding, and improving all containment lines. The drying conditions should improve firefighter access to all fire areas again. The spot fire near Gold Hill continues to be monitored. Rehabilitation needs for dozer lines are being identified and completed.
West Fork Fire Evacuations: Pre-evacuation status was lifted for all areas in Lincoln County per the Sheriff’s Office. The Pipe Creek road will open to through traffic Saturday, September 23rd after 9:00am. The public should be aware that there will still be fire apparatus along roads within effected communities. Please drive cautiously and slowly.
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.
Moose Peak Yesterday:Containment remains at 70% including the areas around Miller Lake, Bayhorse Creek, Fishtrap Creek, and McGinnis Meadows. Firefighters concentrated on patrolling, holding, and improving most containment lines. Muddy, slick roads affected firefighter access to containment areas. Back haul of equipment from fire-lines is ongoing.
Today’s Planned Actions: With the more moderate weather and drying conditions, 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. The drying conditions should help firefighter access to all fire areas again. Rehabilitation needs for dozer lines are being identified and completed
Moose Peak Fire Closures: The Kootenai National Forest reduced the area of the Moose Peak fire closure area on September 21, 2017. Sylvan Lake campground is still closed. The revised closure order and map are located under the closure tab on the Inciweb page.