Beaver Creek Fire Update

Contact(s): Leona Rodreick


...A RED FLAG WARNING IS IN EFFECT FROM 2 PM MDT THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH MIDNIGHT THURSDAY …

...A FIRE WEATHER WATCH IS IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH FRIDAY EVENING...

 

The Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest is at VERY HIGH Fire Danger.

Started: August 11, 2018                                    0% Contained                                                        4 Engines

Cause: Lightning                                                    60 Total Personnel                                               2 Hand Crews

Acres: 1,996                                                          1 Helicopter                                                          2 Dozers

Location: approximately 18 miles NE of Wisdom in the Anaconda Pintler Wilderness.

 Summary: The Beaver Creek and Elk fires have burned together, Fire managers have been assessing the fire to develop a suppression strategy.  Currently the fire is moving towards the southeast and firefighters along with two dozers are working to establish a defensible fireline along an old road system that will keep the fire from advancing from the National Forest onto private land.

Fire officials are also coordinating with Beaverhead and Deer Lodge County Sherriff Offices to make contact with property owners and visitors in the area.

All visitor facilities, services, and businesses in surrounding communities are not impacted by the fire and remain open.

Closures: an area closure is in effect. For detailed information go online to https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/bdnf/alerts-notices.

Cooperators: Beaverhead County, Deer Lodge County, MT DNRC

Fire Restrictions: Stage 1 fire restrictions are in effect on the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest and apply to campfires and smoking. See full restrictions at https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/bdnf/alerts-notices/?aid=48488. Additional information about fire restrictions can be found online at: https://firerestrictions.us.

Fire Weather: The ridge will be dominant for one more day, but a plume of monsoonal moisture will move over the region later today. Convection is anticipated to be fairly limited, but any storms that develop will be capable of lightning and gusty winds. Southwest Montana has the best chance of convection today, so a fire weather watch continues. A decent disturbance passes through the region Friday into Saturday. This feature will increase the coverage of storms by Friday afternoon and these storms appear to be capable of moderate to heavy rain. The Northern Rockies appear to be transitioning to an active weather pattern. View Fire Weather Briefing videos on the National Weather Service YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/NWSMissoula.

Prevention: During this time of high fire danger, people are reminded to be careful with all fires; be sure to extinguish campfires completely and to keep motorized vehicles on roads and trails.

Fire Activity and Smoke: Currently, there are 57 uncontained large fires in the nation, which are filtering smoke into the valleys of Montana.  You can find information about these fires on Inciweb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov. Further information on smoke can be found from the MT Department of Environmental Quality’s web page at http://bit.ly/wildfiresmokereport.

To find out more about the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest go online to: https://www.fs.usda.gov/bdnf, and check out News & Events, ‘Like Us’ on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/US-Forest-Service-Beaverhead-Deerlodge-National-Forest-1540138089548920, and ‘Follow Us’ on our Twitter page at https://twitter.com/BvrhdDrldgeNF for further information.





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