Moose Meadows Fire Fact Sheet July 31, 2013 8:00 Am
Incident: Moose Meadow Wildfire
Moose Meadows Fire
For Immediate Release Fire Information: 406-859-6005
July 31, 2013 8:00 am Office hours: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Incident: Wildland fire, lightning-caused, reported on July 25, 2013
Location: 18 miles southeast of Philipsburg, MT and 15 miles west of Georgetown, MT
Jurisdiction: Beaverhead Deerlodge National Forest
Cooperating Agencies: Other cooperating entities include the volunteer fire department from Philipsburg, Montana DNRC and the Granite County Sheriff and DES.
Incident Commander: Shawn Pearson, Northern Rockies Type II Incident Management Team (IMT).
Current Size: 3100 acres Containment: 10%
Strategy: Full Suppression Structures Threatened: 30 Structures Lost: 0 Structure Protection: Implemented
Yesterday’s Activity: Slightly cooler temperatures aided by cloud cover allowed crews to increase containment to 10%. Aircraft continued to support crews with water and retardant drops and provided logistical support for spike camps. The structure protection group continued installing hose lays and sprinklers near structures threatened by the fire. Crews and helicopters are working closely to keep the fire west of Roads 5106 and 80 and east of Road 5107.
Current Resources: The number of firefighters on the incident is 488. Resources assigned include fourteen crews, six helicopters, fourteen engines, three water tenders, two dozers, four skidgines, four feller bunchers and support personnel.
Today’s Activity: Cloud cover is expected to increase with a high probability of dry thunderstorms with wind gusts up to 45 mph. Lower temperatures and cloud cover should assist our firefighting efforts over the next few days. However, dry thunderstorms remain a safety issue that may force crews to temporarily disengage. Crews on the northwest and southwest flanks are engaging in mop-up operations on secured portions of firelines. Fire managers have identified initial attack resources to assist the Forest with new fire starts that could result from these dry thunderstorms.
Special Messages/Closures: Evacuations are in place for some residents. The Granite County Sheriff’s Office is in charge of all evacuations. People who are displaced by the evacuation may call the Department of Emergency Services at (406-360-1626). An evacuation shelter has been established at Granite High School in Philipsburg. The fire area is closed to hiking and camping per Forest order No. 2013-D8-027. The following trails are closed: 8109, 8020, 8162, 8019 and 8161. Trail 313 is open; however, NF lands within the above described boundary to the north of Trail #313 are closed.
For further information, visit: www.inciweb.nwcg.gov; Select “Moose Meadows”