Moose Meadows Fire Fact Sheet July 31, 2013
Incident: Moose Meadow Wildfire
Moose Meadows Fire
For Immediate Release Fire Information: (406) 859-6005
July 31, 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 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: 3,200 acres Containment: 20%
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 20%. With additional crews, fire managers are directing crews to extend fireline construction across the northeast flank of the fire. The northwest and southwest flanks of the fire are in mop-up stage. Helicopters provided support with water drops plus support for 160 people in spike camps. The structure protection group has completed inspection and preparation for most structures. Firefighters continued to patrol for potential spot fires.
Current Resources: The number of firefighters on the incident is 490. Resources assigned include sixteen crews, five helicopters, sixteen engines, three water tenders, two dozers, four skidgines, four feller bunchers, and support personnel.
Planned Actions: Thursday’s forecast is for continued cloud cover with a much stronger weather system moving in by early afternoon. These storms are predicted to bring light rain with significant lightning and wind gusts up to 50 mph. More rain may move into the area Thursday night and Friday morning; however, rainfall amounts are not predicted to be measurable. Cooler temperatures and increased cloud cover are optimal for fighting fire, but thunderstorms and high winds could prove hazardous for crews and aircraft. As conditions allow, crews will continue fireline construction on the northern and southern flanks of the fire moving towards the east. Initial attack resources will be dispatched to new fires that could result from predicted thunderstorms.
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, 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”