Moose Meadows Fire Fact Sheet July 29, 2013 8:00 Pm
Incident: Moose Meadow Wildfire
Moose Meadows Fire
For Immediate Release Fire Information: 406-859-6005
July 29, 2013 8:00 pm 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 Forest
Cooperating Agencies: Other cooperating entities include the Philipsburg Volunteer Fire Department, Montana DNRC and the Granite County Sheriff and DES.
Incident Commander: Shawn Pearson, Northern Rockies Type II Incident Management Team (IMT).
Current Size: 2,500 acres Containment: 5%
Strategy: Full Suppression Structures Threatened: 30 Structures Lost: 0 Structure Protection: Implemented
Today’s Activity: High temperatures and gusty winds created another active fire day with the fire burning further to the south and east. The Evacuation Order issued on July 28th by the Granite County Sheriff is still in effect. The Evacuation Order affects the Middle Fork Road, south of the junction with Forest Service Road 5130. Hand crews extended the direct fireline construction on the northwest and southwest flanks of the fire. These accomplishments gave firefighters their first area of containment. Aircraft continued critical suppression support with both water and retardent drops. The structure protection group continued structure protection measures within the affected communities.
Current Resources: The number of firefighters on the incident is 480. Resources assigned include eleven crews, five helicopters, seven engines, three water tenders, one dozer, four skidgins, four feller bunchers, and support personnel.
Planned Actions: Weather conditions are expected to be similar to yesterday. It is expected that the fire will have some torching, as well development of some spot fires up to ½ mile ahead of the main fire edge. Smoke columns will become highly visible in the mid afternoon as more fuels burn. Crews will continue fireline construction on the northwest and southwest flanks of the main fire. Fire managers are maintaining two spike camps near the fire for operational efficiency. Heavy equipment will continue operating to improve access to the southeastern section of the fire. The structure protection group will continue their efforts and are prepared to respond quickly to spot fires that may threaten structures. Strong aerial support with water and retardant will be utilized.
Special Messages/Closures: Displaced Evacuees 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 under a Forest Closure Order No. 2013-D8-027 because of concerns for public health and safety. The following trails are closed: 8109, 8020, 8162, 8019 and 8161.
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