Pre-evacuations issued as Moose Meadow Fire grows to 600 acres

GRANITE COUNTY

POSTED: 2:00 PM Jul 27 2013
Moose Meadow fire
MISSOULA, Mont. -

The following is a press release issued by the Moose Meadow Fire Incident Command Team:

The Moose Meadow fire was first reported on Thursday, July 25 at 4:00 p.m. The fire is burning approximately 20 miles southwest of Philipsburg, MT in the Moose Mountain area of the Sapphire Mountain Wilderness Study Area. The fire was estimated this morning at 200 acres but burned actively throughout the afternoon putting up a large column of smoke, throwing embers ahead of the fire. The fire is currently estimated at 600 acres. There are 5 helicopters working the fire and 2 Type 2 handcrews. A Type 2 Incident Management Team from Idaho assumed command of the fire Saturday morning.

There are no mandatory evacuations at this time, but pre-evacuation is being conducted at Moose Lake, Copper Creek Campground, Frog Pond Basin, Zekes Meadows and the Sagebrush Flats area.

An area, road, and trail closure is in effect for the above mentioned areas and the County Road, commonly known as Middle Fork Road beginning in T5N, R15W, section 16 NW ΒΌ to its end including all National Forest roads and trails originating within the closed portion.

Weather: A Red Flag warning is in effect from noon to 9:00 p.m. Saturday. Maximum temperatures will be 80-85 in the valleys and 70-75 on the ridges, minimum humidity 13-23%, winds 10-20 mph in the afternoon, chance of wetting rain is 10%.