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Fire Update 9-26-17

Incident: Weasel Fire Wildfire
Released: 9/26/2017

Fire Information Line: 406-272-2082 · Estimated acres – No IR

Location: Caribou Fire located 21 miles northwest of Eureka, MT Current Size: ·24,753 Total Acres

Cause: Lightning Containment: 50% Personnel: 110 United States: ·21,992 Canada: ·2,761

Email: CaribouFire2017@gmail.com Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5539/

Location: Gibraltar Ridge Fire located seven miles east of Eureka, MT Current Size: ·12,938 Acres

Cause: Lightning Containment: 27% Personnel: 6

Email: GibralterRidgeFire2017@gmail.com Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5474/

Location: Weasel Fire located 17 miles northeast of Eureka, MT Current Size: ·3,925 Acres

Cause: Lightning Containment: 0% Personnel: 0

Email: GibralterRidgeFire2017@gmail.com Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5605/

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Caribou Fire: Firefighters have been repairing/rebuilding fence line and hazard tree reduction, damaged during the fire’s advance. Much of the work has been focused in the West Kootenai area where higher fire activity occurred. Heavy equipment operators continue to extract logs, clearing and grading roads, and fire restoration within the burnt out areas. Higher temperatures and light winds over the next several days could cause light smoke dispersal over the fire’s interior. Forest Service engines and law enforcement will be patrolling and checking firelines throughout the day.

Caribou Fire Closures: A Closure Order remains in place for the Caribou Fire.

Gibralter Ridge Fire Road Openings: Fire crews have completed log removal and fire rehabilitation along Foothills Road 756, Sinclair Road 7707, Grave Creek Road and Ten Lakes Recreation Area are now open to public access.

Safety Precautions: Motorists, driving these roads, maybe encountering heavy equipment grading roads and Forest Service engines patrolling and monitoring firelines. Drive slowly and cautiously especially around curves to avoid collision.

Gibralter Ridge Closures: All trailheads and hiking trails within Gibralter Ridge Fire vicinity closed to public use. It is important to stay off these trails because of falling fire-damaged trees and rolling debris.

Weasel Fire Openings: Fire crews finished felling trees and restoration around Weasel Lake is now open to public access. Fire activity is minimal.

Weasel Fire Closure: Weasel Lake cabin is not available for public use; the building enclosed with fire protection wrap. All trailheads and hiking trails within Weasel Fire area closed to public use. It is important to stay off these trails because of falling fire-damaged trees and rolling debris.

Log Decks: Log decks located around the fire area are not for firewood cutting. Please contact Fire Information or Eureka Ranger Station (406-296-2536) if you have questions about log decks.

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

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Phone: 406-272-2082

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