Moose Meadows Fire Fact Sheet July 29, 2013 8:00 Am
Incident: Moose Meadow Wildfire
Moose Meadows Fire
For Immediate Release Fire Information: 406-859-6005
July 29, 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: 2200 acres Containment: 0%
Strategy: Full Suppression Structures Threatened: 30 Structures Lost: 0 Structure Protection: Implemented
Yesterday’s Activity: Warm temperatures and wind resulted in fire growth east of the main fire. The location and potential spread of fire prompted the Sheriff to issue the evacuation order for the area south of the junction of Forest Service Road 5130 and the Middle Fork Road. As conditons allowed, crews continued fireline construction on the northwest and southwest flanks of the fire. Aircraft provided critical support for suppresion efforts with both water and retardent drops. The structure protection group continued structure protection measures in the affected communities.
Current Resources: The number of firefighters on the incident is 419. Resources assigned include eight crews, six helicopters, seven engines, three water tenders, one dozer, four skidgins, two feller bunchers, and support personnel.
Today’s Activity: Due to bone dry conditions, expect to see spotting, torching and columns of smoke as temperatures and winds increase. Crews will continue fireline construction on the northwest and southwest flanks of the main fire. Fire managers established two spike camps near the fire for operational efficiency. Heavy equipment will be operating to improve access to the southeastern section of the fire to faciliate safe access for the crews. The structure protection group will continue their efforts and are prepared to respond quickly to spot fires that may threaten structures.
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 evcuation may call the Department of Emergency Services at (406-360-1626). An evacuation shelter has been established at Phillipsburg High School. 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.
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