Gold Hill most active of area wildfires over weekend

Print Article

  • Trucks that carried heavy equipment are staged at the Gold Hill fire incident command post. (U.S. Forest Service)

  • 1

    Firefighters work on the west flank of the Gold Hill fire. (U.S. Forest Service photo)

  • Trucks that carried heavy equipment are staged at the Gold Hill fire incident command post. (U.S. Forest Service)

  • 1

    Firefighters work on the west flank of the Gold Hill fire. (U.S. Forest Service photo)

Gold Hill

Of area wildfires, the Gold Hill fire was the most active over the weekend, prompting increased traffic delays on Pipe Creek Road due to the increased use of heavy equipment in firing operations.

“Traffic will be let through as conditions allow,” states a Monday morning incident report.

The fire’s size grew from 4,400 acres Thursday to 5,830 Monday morning, while containment remained at 15 percent, according to the report.

“[Monday,] operations (will) focus on indirect line preparation and holding to the northwest of Shafer Creek,” the report states.

Pre-evacuation orders still stood for properties near mile markers 11 and 13.

Davis

The Davis fire has held steady at 6,614 acres, while containment increased to 40 percent, according to a Monday morning incident report.

Monday evening, a local Type 3 team was to assume management of the fire.

“Fire activity is expected to remain minimal as resources continue log and slash removal and fire suppression rehabilitation,” the report states.

Sterling Complex

The Pinkham Tower and Huckleberry fires that comprise the Sterling Complex held steady at 1,405 acres, according to a Monday morning incident report. Containment was 85 percent.

“Cooler temperatures and trace precipitation are helping quiet areas of the fire still containing heat,” the report states. “Mop up and gridding continue to advance the goal toward 100 percent containment. In other areas of the fire already known to be cool, suppression repair and rehab work are well underway.”

Some creeping and smoldering was reportedly still possible Monday, though fire behavior “should be minimal.”

Print Article

Read More Local News

Keeping the timber money close to home

February 19, 2019 at 9:31 am | Western News Lincoln County Commissioner Mark Peck testified around the end of January before a joint subcommittee of the Montana State Legislature on transportation and natural resources, urging them to provide ...

Comments

Read More

Man accused of assault on minor denied release

February 19, 2019 at 9:31 am | Western News A Libby man who is charged with felony partner or family member assault based on trail camera footage of him physically assaulting his child was denied release on his own recognizance at a Feb. 4 hea...

Comments

Read More

Area FWP biologists honored with awards

February 19, 2019 at 9:31 am | Western News Two fisheries biologists with Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks in Region 1 received a pair of awards at the annual meeting of the Montana Chapter of the American Fisheries Society. Matt Boyer, the...

Comments

Read More

Valentine’s Day for veterans at Care Center

February 19, 2019 at 9:31 am | Western News The Austin Reedy Unit 97 American Legion Auxiliary organized a Valentine’s Day party for veterans who reside at the Libby Care Center on Thursday. American Legion Auxiliary member, Mary Beth Strokl...

Comments

Read More

Contact Us

(406) 293-4124
311 California Ave.
Libby, MT 59923

©2019 The Western News Terms of Use Privacy Policy
X
X