Moose Meadows Fire Fact Sheet August 4, 2013 8 Pm
Incident: Moose Meadow Wildfire
Moose Meadows Fire
For Immediate Release Fire Information: (406) 859-6005
August 4, 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: 3,500 acres Containment: 60%
Strategy: Full Suppression Structures Threatened: 0
Structures Lost: 0 Structure Protection: In place
Today’s Activity: Clear, dry weather and afternoon winds slightly increased fire behavior as fuels continued to dry out. Firefighters constructed fireline where needed, mopped-up areas where fireline already exists, and extinguished hot spots as they appeared. Drying conditions and winds facilitated crews in locating and snuffing out hot spots. Air operations assisted crews with water drops in problem spots and removed excess equipment from the fire lines. Containment increased to 60%. “Things are looking better and better” said Operations Chief, Dave Lux.
Current Resources: The number of firefighters on the incident is 347. The number of personnel assigned to this fire will decrease as containment increases. Resources assigned include ten crews, three helicopters, five engines, one water tender, one dozer and support personnel.
Planned Actions: Tomorrow’s weather calls for a slight chance for thunderstorms and dry lightning. Initial attack crews will be staged to respond quickly to any new ignitions. Despite the possibility of thunderstorms, crews will continue to make progress on fireline, hot spots and removing excess equipment. If winds pick up in the afternoon, the public can expect to see smoke columns across the fire area. No structures are currently threatened, though the structure protection remains in place.
Special Messages/Closures: The Granite County Sheriff is maintaining the Stage 2 Evacuation Warning for the Middle Fork Road and the Moose Lake area. 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. 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”