Howard Creek Fire Update
Location: Howard Creek Fire, Missoula Ranger District (12 N 24 W Sec 13)
Size: 12 acres
The Howard Creek Fire:firefighters yesterday were able to keep the fire to 12 acres despite sustained and gusty winds. The fire burned actively yesterday and was fueled by windy conditions. The fire also actively spotted yesterday. It is burning in heavy brush and lodge pole pine stands at about 5,600 feet about seven miles northeast of Lolo Hot Springs and north of Highway 12. This is a lightning caused fire. No structures or property are currently threatened.
Current Actions: Fire managers will take advantage of calmer winds and lower temperatures this morning to continue fireline construction. There are numerous snags in the fire area require as well as heavy vegetation – requiring additional safety precautions. Helicopters will be used as needed to aid suppression efforts, check fire growth and douse spot fires outside the fire perimeter. The fire spotted actively with gusty winds yesterday afternoon
Resources: Two engines, two crews assigned; aircraft available as needed
Hazards: Numerous snags in the fire area. Fire managers are incorporating safety measures to minimize risk due to snags
Closures: An area closure is in place for public safety. The north-south boundaries are from Forest Service Road 33 (Wagon Mountain Road) south to Highway 12. Wagon Mountain Road is closed for public safety. The east-west boundary is from Graves Creek road approximately 8 miles west to Forest Service Road 33. Please see closure map for details. Graves Creek Road, Fish Creek Road and Highway 12 remain open.