August 24, 2015 8:30 a.m.
Information Officers: Katie Knotek, Tom Rhode & Meg Nemitz
Fire Information Line: (406) 882-8308 Office hours: 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
INCIDENT: Northeast Kootenai Complex (includes Barnaby, Marston, Sunday Fires)
AGENCY JURISDICTION: USDA Forest Service, Kootenai & Flathead National Forests; Montana DNRC, Libby and Stillwater Units.
INCIDENT COMMANDER: Shawn Pearson, Northern Rockies Type II Incident Management Team (IMT). The Incident Command Post (ICP) is located at the Murphy Lake Ranger Station.
WEATHER & FIRE BEHAVIOR: A Fire Weather Watch has been issued for today due to warm (80s), dry (Relative Humidity 17-22%) conditions with winds 8mph from the southwest. These conditions will increase fire activity throughout the day. As smoke from fires to the west (WA & ID) advances over the area, fire activity will decrease.
MARSTON FIRE: The Marston Fire is estimated at 3,300 acres with 5% containment and is located about three miles southeast of Fortine, MT. Operations today will focus on extending dozer and handline along the fire’s western edge north into the Deep Creek drainage. Crews will also work on laying hose to supply water to the line and scout line location southeast to the Stillwater Road. Helicopters will drop water on the south, southeast and northwest corners of the fire. The fire may become more active throughout the week with warmer temps and low relative humidity. Residents are asked to stay informed of changing fire conditions. A population protection plan is still in place for residents living near Laughing Water, Deep and Grave Creeks. This plan details when evacuations would take place in the vicinity of the Marston Fire should the need arise. A copy of the plan can be found on the Northeast Kootenai Complex Inciweb page (link listed below). No evacuations are currently in effect.
SUNDAY FIRE: The Sunday Fire located about four miles southeast of Stryker, MT, is 60 acres with 90% containment. Fireline has been constructed around the fire perimeter, and a crew continues working on wetting the line and cooling hot spots within the fire’s perimeter. The population protection plan is still in place for local residents near the Sunday Fire. A copy the plan can be found on the Northeast Kootenai Complex Inciweb page (link listed below). No evacuations are currently in effect.
BARNABY FIRE: The Barnaby Fire is located about four miles northeast of Eureka in very steep and rugged terrain. The fire is being monitored from the air. Fire size is 42 acres with 0% containment. A helicopter will be available to drop water as needed.
PERSONNELAND RESOURCES: 292 personnel including 1 Type -1 crew, 5 Type - 2 crews, 15 engines, 3 helicopters (2 Type – 1 Chinooks, 1 Type - 2 & 1 Type - 3), 6 dozers, 9 water tenders, and 4 skidgines.
SPECIAL MESSAGES/CLOSURES: There is an area closure for the Barnaby Fire as well as for the Marston Fire. See Inciweb for maps and explanations of these closures. There will be a community meeting in Trego at the Civic Center this evening, August 24, at 7:00PM. Residents in Lincoln County interested in signing up for reverse 911 or “Code Red” can visit this website for further information: http://www.lincolncountymt.us/ For more information on the fires, visit: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/; Select “Northeast Kootenai Complex”