Moose Meadows Fire Fact Sheet August 3, 2013 8 Am
Incident: Moose Meadow Wildfire
Moose Meadows Fire
For Immediate Release Fire Information: (406) 859-6005
August 3, 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: 3,500 acres Containment: 40%
Strategy: Full Suppression Structures Threatened: 30
Structures Lost: 0 Structure Protection: Implemented
Yesterday’s Activity: Overcast skies in the morning and lower temperatures in the afternoon proved favorable for firefighting, allowing increased fire containment. Containment line was tied together along much of the fire. The entire south flank from Whetstone Lake to Road 80 has been completed and is in mop-up/ patrol status. The north flank from Whetstone Ridge to Lone Pine Ridge has been completed and is in mop-up/ patrol status. Air support patrolled the fire’s perimeter looking for hotspots.
Current Resources: The number of firefighters on the incident is 522. Resources assigned include fourteen crews, three helicopters, six engines, one water tender, one dozer, two skidgines, one feller buncher and support personnel.
Today’s Activity: Weather today will be much like yesterday, relatively cool temperatures with a slight chance of an afternoon thunderstorm. The focus for the day is to accomplish as much fireline as possible on the northeast flank in the Senate Creek area, where the terrain is rough and the fuels are heavy. Crews will mop up and extinguish hot spots along previously constructed fireline. Excess equipment will be released from the Moose Meadows fire to assist elsewhere in the region. Initial attack resources will be available to engage any residual hotspots and/or new starts from yesterday’s lightning storm.
Special Messages/Closures: Yesterday, 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. 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”