Moose Meadows Fire Fact Sheet August 6, 2013
Incident: Moose Meadow Wildfire
Moose Meadows Fire
For Immediate Release Fire Information: (406) 859-6005
August 6, 2013 8 a.m. Office hours: 7 a.m. to 10 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: 70%
Strategy: Full Suppression Structures Threatened: 0
Structures Lost: 0 Structure Protection: Implemented
Yesterday’s Activity: The weather near the fireline yesterday was clear, sunny and calm. Crews made great progress, increasing containment to 70% and putting the majority of the fire into mop-up status. Firefighter’s gridded sections of the fire looking for hotspots and mopping up. Hose was removed from areas where mop-up is complete. Aircraft shuttled crews to inaccessible portions of the fire to work on hotspots and remove excess equipment.
Current Resources: The number of firefighters on the incident is 313. The number of personnel assigned to this fire will decrease as containment increases. Resources assigned include nine crews, two helicopters, five engines, one water tender, one dozer and support personnel.
Today’s Activity: A high pressure system remains over the area today. Crews will focus on mop-up where the fire borders unburned fuels and continue to grid for hotspots as the day heats up. Over the next few days, crews will remove 15 to 20 miles of hose around the perimeter of the fire. Air support will continue to shuttle crews to inaccessible areas of the fire and assist with backhaul of excess equipment that is no longer needed. Structure crews will remove hose and sprinklers from the structures near Moose and Kaiser Lakes.
Special Messages/Closures: The Granite County Sheriff maintains 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 is 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”