Montana wildfire updates for Sept. 21, 2017


    MISSOULA, Mont. - Cold, wet weather forecast through Friday after which a gradual warming and drying trend will extend into next week. Snow accumulation in the higher elevations from the storm system will have even greater damping effects on fire activity and rehab goals.

    Rice Ridge Fire (Seeley Lake)

    Location: 2 miles northeast of Seeley Lake Size: 160,181 acres Containment: 72 percent All evacuation warnings have been lifted.

    Lolo Peak Fire (Lolo)

    Location: 10 miles southwest of Lolo Size: 53,902 acres Containment: 87 percent No evacuation orders or warnings and are currently in place Closures: Numerous road, trail, and area closures are in effect for portions of the Bitterroot, Lolo and Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests. A staffed fire information trailer and bulletin board is located at Super One Foods in Stevensville. The Florence information center has closed. Fire information is also available at the weigh station in Lolo at the corner of Highways 12 and 93. Stage II Fire Restrictions have been lifted in Ravalli County, open burning is prohibited and the Burn Permit Program will not allow permit activations at this time.

    Highway 200 Complex

    Location: northwest of Plains Size: 47,118 acres Containment - 37 percent Evacuations and Closures: Pre-evacuation warnings have been lifted today across the entire Highway 200 Complex due to significant rain and snowfall effects on fire activity. Yesterday closure order amendments were issued by the Lolo National Forest. Reductions for the southwest and northwest portions of the Deep Creek Fire on Lolo National Forest jurisdiction and the closure area surrounding the Sheep Gap Fire was also decreased. The Lolo National Forest Closure area to the South of the Cub Creek Fire was fully rescinded. Although the area closures have been reduced, fire operations and traffic continue in these areas. We ask and thank you for providing the safe operational space to ensure the safety of resources and the public. Additional changes to the status of closures will be provided as soon as official declarations have been made to do so. The Forest Service, Sanders County, and DNRC have placed area closures around the fires as they are integral to public safety and safe fire operations. Although areas around the fires have been closed, the majority of lands in the area are still open for all types of activities.

    Gibralter Ridge Fire (Eureka)

    Location: East of Eureka Size: 12,938 acres Containment: 32 percent Evacuations: None Road Closure: Grave Creek Road and the Ten Lakes Recreation area are closed above the Grave Creek/Foothills Road junction.

    Caribou Fire

    Location: 21 miles northwest of Eureka Size: 24,753 acres Containment: 50 percent Evacuations: None

    Alice Creek Fire

    Location: near Lincoln, MT Size: 29,252 acres Containment: 80 percent Evacuations: None Note from Inciweb: This will be the last update for the Alice Creek Fire unless a need to post additional information arises.

    Sunrise Fire (Superior)

    Location: 11 miles southeast of Superior Size: 26,310 acres Containment: 95 percent Evacuations: None The Forest Service area closure remains in place on the Lolo National Forest as well as Stage II Fire Restrictions.

    Sapphire Complex Fire (Rock Creek)

    Location: 25 miles southeast of Missoula Size: 43,733 acres Containment: 90 percent Evacuations: None Fire Restrictions: Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are in place on the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest. Stage 2 Fire Restrictions are in place on BLM, private and state lands in Granite County and the Lolo National Forest.

    Meyers Fire (Philipsburg)

    Location: 25 miles southwest of Philipsburg Size: 62,034 acres Containment: 90 percent

    Sprague Fire (Glacier National Park)

    Location: 9 miles northeast of West Glacier, MT Size: 16,790 acres Containment: 75 percent Three large fires are currently burning in Glacier National Park: the Sprague Fire, Adair Peak Fire is burning at 4,034 acres and the Elder Creek Fire is 2,547 acres. Lake McDonald Lodge closed for the season on Aug. 30 due to air quality concerns. Closures: MOST areas of the park remain OPEN: The Going-to-the-Sun Road from Saint Mary to Logan Pass, Two Medicine, Many Glacier, and Apgar are currently open. Evacuations: An evacuation ORDER remains in place from the south end of Lake McDonald north to Logan Pass. This includes the North McDonald Road. The duration of the evacuation is unknown at this time. Sprinklers and water handling equipment remain in place around the Lake McDonald Lodge complex and will be utilized as needed. Pumps and hose lay systems have been installed in the Avalanche Creek Campground and Trail, Johns Lake area, Trail of the Cedars area and North McDonald Lake area. Shelter: the Red Cross shelter for Sprague evacuees is located at Canyon Elementary School, 200 North Street, in Hungry Horse.

    West Fork Fire and Moose Peak Fire (Libby)

    Location: 7 miles northwest of Libby Size: West Fork - 20,008 acres / Moose Peak - 13,854 acres Containment: 60 percent, 70 percent All evacuation orders have been lifted. The following pre-evacuation warnings are also in place: Bobtail Road from Kootenai River Road to below Hutton Drive 17 mile/Pipe Creek Bobtail Cutoff Road Winter Road Whitetail Road Indian Pipe Road Bull Creek Road Burrell Drive Kootenai River Road, from Quartz Mountain Road to the end of Kootenai River Road (Bighorn Terrace) North side of Kootenai River Road from North Central Road to Quartz Mountain Road Pipe Creek Road from Forest Way and north Forest Way Lodge Pole Way Doak Creek Road Blue Mountain Lookout Road Creekside Road Timber Lane Quartz Mountain Road Lower Bobtail, including Burrell and Indian Pipe NORTH side of Kootenai River Road from North Central to Quartz Creek Kootenai River Road from Quarts Creek to end of Bighorn Terrace East Fisher Road Bayshore Ranch McGinnis Meadows The residents at 17 mile / Pipe Creek road have had their evacuation status downgraded to pre-evacuation and were allowed to return home. The access to the 17 mile area up Pipe Creek road was opened to residents ONLY with pilot cars escorting them to their properties. Please, only emergency and local resident vehicle traffic in the areas of Bobtail and Bobtail Cutoff, Pipe Creek and Kootenai River Road. Stage 2 Fire Restrictions are in effect within the Kootenai National Forest, State and Private Lands, as well as Lincoln and Sanders County.

    Liberty Fire (Arlee)

    Location: 17 miles southeast of Arlee Size: 28,689 acres Containment: 95 percent

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