Moose Meadows Fire Fact Sheet August 2, 2013 8 Am
Incident: Moose Meadow Wildfire
Moose Meadows Fire
For Immediate Release Fire Information: (406) 859-6005
August 2, 2013 8 a.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: 3,400 acres Containment: 30%
Strategy: Full Suppression Structures Threatened: 30
Structures Lost: 0 Structure Protection: Implemented
Yesterday’s Activity: Heavy rain showers and ½ inch sized hail saturated fuels and significantly reduced fire behavior. Precipitation averaged 0.29 inches across the fire. Crews disengaged for a brief period of time in the afternoon when lightning threatened their safety. Helicopters were temporarily relocated away from the fire’s helibase during the storm to avoid damaging the equipment. Despite the setbacks caused by the weather, crews returned to the fire and continued construction and reinforcement of fireline.
Current Resources: The number of firefighters on the incident is 562. Resources assigned include sixteen crews, six helicopters, eight engines, six water tenders, two dozers, four skidgines, and two feller bunchers and support personnel.
Today’s Activity: Friday’s forecast is for the heavy fog to lift in the late morning with winds of 10 to 20 mph. In the afternoon, conditions will generally dry out, though a chance of thunder storms remains. Fire behavior is predicted to be minimal. Crews will take advantage of this weather window to increase containment. Initial attack resources will be available to engage any residual hotspots and/or new starts from yesterday’s lightning storm.
Special Messages/Closures: At 8 a.m. this morning, the Granite County Sheriff reduced the Stage 3 Request to a Stage 2 Evacuation Warning. The Warning serves as notification that residents may still need to evacuate in the future. The Middle Fork road will be open to residents but remains closed to the general public. The Evacuation Warning affects the Middle Fork Road, south of the junction with Forest Service Road 5130. The evacuation shelter at Granite High School in Philipsburg has been closed. Because of concerns for public health and safety, the fire area remains under a Forest Closure Order No. 2013-D8-029. 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”