Moose Meadows Fire Fact Sheet August 8, 2013
Incident: Moose Meadow Wildfire
Moose Meadows Fire
Beaverhead Deerlodge National Forest
For Immediate Releas Fire Information: (406) 859-6005
August 8, 2013, 8 a.m. Office hours: 7 a.m. to 10 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: 80%
Strategy: Full Suppression Structure Protection: Removed
This is the FINAL Fact Sheet from Pearson’s IMT
Status of Fire: Tomorrow, 8/9, at 6 a.m., the management of the Moose Meadows Fire will transition from the Pearson’s Type II Incident Management Team to the local, Type III organization based out of the Pintler Ranger District.
Yesterday’s Activity: Favorable weather conditions, resulted in minimal fire activity. Crews focused efforts on gridding the fire perimeter, searching for hotspots and mopping up. Aircraft shuttled crews to inaccessible portions of the fire, provided occasional bucket drops to assist firefighters and backhauled excess equipment.
Current Resources: The number of firefighters on the incident is 252. The number of personnel assigned to this fire will decrease as containment increases. Resources assigned include five crews, two helicopters and support personnel.
Today’s Activity: Skies will be mostly clear today, though the afternoon brings a chance of thunderstorms. Over one hundred firefighters will continue to pull hose off the fireline, grid for hotspots, mop up and attack any new ignition that flares up. The containment line is largely complete with the exception of the northeast fire flank in the Senate Creek where the terrain is dominated by rock bluffs and pockets of heavy fuels. Air support will shuttle crews to inaccessible areas of the fire, assist with backhaul of excess equipment, and provide bucket work on hotspots.
Special Messages/Closures: The Granite County Sheriff maintains 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 is open to residents but remains closed to the general public. Because of a reduced threat to public safety, the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest will be rescinding Forest Closure Order No. 2013-D8-029 and replacing it with a more limited closure as of Saturday August 10th. The new closure order will retain closure on trails that access the fire: Trails 8109 and 8020.
For further information, visit: www.inciweb.nwcg.gov; Select “Moose Meadows”