Moose Meadows Fire Fact Sheet August 7, 2013
Incident: Moose Meadow Wildfire
Moose Meadows Fire
Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest
For Immediate Release Fire Information: (406) 859-6005
August 7, 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 Structure Protection: Removed
Yesterday’s Activity: As predicted, fire activity was minimal because of favorable weather conditions. Crews focused efforts on gridding the fire perimeter, searching for hotspots and mopping up. All of the structure protection equipment (hose, sprinklers, pumps) was removed from the evacuated areas. Aircraft shuttled crews to inaccessible portions of the fire, provided occasional bucket drops to assist firefighters and backhauled excess equipment.
Current Resources: The number of firefighters on the incident is 260. The number of personnel assigned to this fire will decrease as containment increases. Resources assigned include seven crews, two helicopters, one water tender, and support personnel.
Today’s Activity: Clear skies and higher temperatures will dominate today. Isolated thunderstorms are likely beginning tomorrow and continuing into the weekend. Crews will continue to focus on the northeast fire flank in Senate Creek where containment is problematic with rock bluffs mixed with pockets of heavy fuels. Excess equipment will be removed from the perimeter of the fire. Air support will shuttle crews to inaccessible areas of the fire, assist with backhaul of excess equipment, and provide bucket work on hotspots.
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”