Moose Meadows Fire Fact Sheet August 4, 2013 8 Am
Incident: Moose Meadow Wildfire
Moose Meadows Fire
For Immediate Release Fire Information: (406) 859-6005
August 4, 2013 8 a.m. 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 Lake, MT
Jurisdiction: Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forests
Cooperating Agencies: Other cooperating entities include the Philipsburg Volunteer Fire Department, Montana DNRC, American Red Cross, Granite County Sheriff and DES.
Incident Commander: Shawn Pearson, Northern Rockies Type II Incident Management Team (IMT).
Current Size: 3,500 acres Containment: 50%
Strategy: Full Suppression Structures Threatened: 30 Structures Lost: 0 Structure Protection: Implemented
Yesterday’s Activity: Clear, dry weather resulted in increased fire behavior yesterday than the previous couple of days as fuels continue to dry out. Firefighting conditions remained optimal with minimal fire activity enabling crews to continue constructing line where needed, mop-up areas where line already exists, and extinguish hot spots as they appeared. Air operations assisted crews with water drops in problem spots. Containment remains at 50%.
Current Resources: The number of firefighters on the incident is 462. Resources assigned include ten crews, three helicopters, five engines, one water tender, one dozer and support personnel.
Today’s Activity: The continued weather trend is for slightly warmer temperatures and slightly lower humidity’s which may result in occasional single-tree torching. Overall fire activity will be relatively mild. Today’s focus will be continued mop-up and reinforcement of fireline, with emphasis on the northeast and southeast flanks where the majority of the hot spots remain. In locations where containment is secure, crews will remove hose and excess equipment. Helicopters will assist crews with bucket work on hot spots and sling loading excess materials out from more secure fireline locations.
Special Messages/Closures: The Granite County Sheriff is maintaining the Stage 2 Evacuation Warning for the Middle Fork Road and the Moose Lake area. The warning serves as notification that residents may still need to evacuate in the future. The Middle Fork road will be open to residents but remains closed to the general public. Because of concerns for public health and safety, the fire area remains under a Forest Closure Order No. 2013-D8-029. The following trails within the closure area 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”