This release was sent out by Public Information Officers: Bob MacGregor and Arlee Staley.
Increased winds preceding the passage of a cold front on Tuesday afternoon tested the work firefighters had completed over the last few weeks.
The fire did not make any significant movement except for an increase in the amount of hot-spots smoking up in the interior.
The winds actually assisted with a black-lining operation on the southwest flank by moving the black-line farther to the east and robbing the fire of potential fuel.
Forecasted cooler and wetter weather into the weekend should decrease fire activity. Diane Hutton’s Wildland Fire Management Team will transfer command back to a local Type 3 Team led by Bob McCrea on Friday morning.
A Draft Long-Term Management Plan was presented to Tribal Council Members and Tribal Fire Managers on Tuesday evening. Incident objectives remain primarily to protect firefighter and public safety and additionally to contain the fire within the Seepay-Magpie Roadless Area.
The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes are removing the Stage 1 Fire Restrictions as of 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, August 23.