Moose Meadows Fire Fact Sheet July 30, 2013 8:00 Pm
Incident: Moose Meadow Wildfire
Moose Meadows Fire
For Immediate Release Fire Information: (406) 859-6005
July 30, 2013 8 p.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 Forest
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: 3,000 acres Containment: 10%
Strategy: Full Suppression Structures Threatened: 30 Structures Lost: 0 Structure Protection: Implemented
Today’s Activity: Slightly cooler temperatures aided by cloud cover allowed crews to increase containment to 10%. Aircraft continued to provide support with water and retardant drops plus 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, five helicopters, fifteen engines, three water tenders, two dozers, four skidgines, four feller bunchers, and support personnel.
Planned Actions: The weather forecast for Wednesday calls for increased cloud cover as some moist fronts move through the area. These fronts are expected to bring unstable air, minimal moisture, possibility of lightning, and gusts of wind up to 45 mph. These weather conditions could slow firefighters’ progress. Crews will continue fireline construction along the northwest and southwest flanks. while aircraft continues its aerial assault. Structure protection will patrol for spot fires along Roads 5106 and 80.
Special Messages/Closures: 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. 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-D8-029 because of concerns for public health and safety. The following trails within the closure area are closed: 8109, 8020, 8162, 8019, 8161and 8019. Trail 313 is open; however, NF lands within the above described boundary to the north of Trail #313 are closed.
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