Moose Meadow Fire 20 percent contained


BOZEMAN, Mont. - The following is a news release from the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest.

"Current Size: 3,400 acres

Containment: 20%

Strategy: Full Suppression

Structures Threatened: 30

Structures Lost: 0                                                                 

Structure Protection: Implemented

Yesterday's Activity: Cloud cover and cooler temperatures enabled crews to make progress yesterday increasing containment to 20%. Crews held and improved fireline on the northern and southern flanks of fire and continued mop-up operations. New fireline construction on the northeast and southeast flanks of fire have been initiated. Aircraft accomplished 40 missions yesterday dropping 170,000 gallons of water on the fire and shuttling 100 passengers and 18,000 pounds of cargo. The structure protection group completed inspection and preparation of most structures and continued to patrol for spot fires. A helicopter assisted the Dillon District with a new fire start.

Current Resources: The number of firefighters on the incident is 490. Resources assigned include  sixteen crews, six helicopters, sixteen engines, five water tenders, two dozers, four skidgines, four feller bunchers, and support personnel.

Today's Activity: Crews will be "heads up" for changing weather with storms moving into the area early this afternnoon. These storms could bring rain, lighting, and wind gusts of up to 50 mph. Fuels will remain dry; however, cooler temperatures and cloud cover will reduce fire activity. Fireline construction in multiple locations will connect existing fireline and provide additional containment. The structure group will continue patrolling and provide initial attack . Aircraft operations may be limited this afternoon due to weather conditions.

Special Messages/Closures: The Evacuation Order issued on July 28th by the Granite County Sheriff is still in effect. The Evacuation Order affects the Middle Fork Road, south of the junction with Forest Service Road 5130. Displaced Evacuees may call the Department of Emergency Services at (406) 360-1626. An evacuation shelter has been established at Granite High School in Philipsburg.The fire area is under a Forest Closure Order No. 2013-D8-029 because of concerns for public health and safety. 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: inciweb and select "Moose Meadows"

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