Location: Seeley Lake Ranger District
Summary: Two of the original three fires in this complex have merged and the complex now consists of two fires about one-half mile apart. More accurate mapping established the two fires at approximately 380 total acres. Yesterday’s cooler temperatures and higher relative humidity provided relief for fire managers and the fire showed no significant activity and very little growth. Small, isolated flames were observed and were mostly occurring in heavy fuel types. Decreased fire activity has caused a large reduction in smoke. There is no visible column coming off the fire this morning.
Resources: Additional team resources have arrived, including a planning specialist and a logistics chief. Additional heavy equipment has also arrived and is staged at the Team fire camp -- including excavators, dozers, feller-bunchers, skidders, “skidgeons,” and water tenders for fire suppression. There are now 20 firefighters from the Forest Service, rural fire organizations, and private contractors assigned to the fire.
Planned Actions: Firefighter and public safety remains the top priority. This fire has good road access, but roads are narrow and pull-outs are limited. To get equipment safely into and out of the fireline fire managers are working to identify traffic routes, drop points, helispots, and staging areas. Once these features are mapped firefighters will be able to safely begin to engage the fire. Fire manager will use equipment to tie-in existing roads and engage the fire indirectly. Initial efforts will focus on the southern and western flanks of the fire to corral the fire away from the community of Seeley Lake and Highway 83.
Location: Township 18 N Range 15 W Section 16
Terrain and Vegetation: Heavily timbered moderate slopes with mostly southwest aspect.
Structures: No structures are currently threatened by this fire. Highway 83 is approximately three miles due west of the fire complex.
Cautions & Closures: Area Closure in place. Private residences in closure area are allowed access. Please visit the Inciweb page for the closure maphttp://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4514/ A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is also in place over the fire for the safety of firefighters and aircraft. Drones and other aircraft are not authorized to fly within a TFR airspace without authorization.