CURRENT SITUATION: Fire behavior has been moderate with single-tree torching, some multi-tree torching, and limited fire on the ground. Temperatures yesterday were higher and accompanied by stronger winds and lower relative humidity. Hot dry weather is expected to continue into the weekend bringing with it the possibility of increased fire behavior. Thunderstorms are still anticipated tonight and into this weekend.
Firefighters continue to make progress constructing shaded fuel breaks along Hay Creek and Spruce Creek Roads, using heavy equipment to create a defensible line between the fire and the community of Polebridge. The equipment being used includes: skidgines, feller-bunchers, skidders and dozers. More heavy equipment has been ordered. Today’s objective is to remain focused on the construction of fuel breaks and move toward creating a defensible fire line.
On Friday August 17, the Type 3 management team will transition management of the fire to the Type 1 team.
GENERAL INFORMATION: The established closure order is still in effect. A section of the PNW National Scenic Trail, between Polebridge to the East and Red Meadow Lake to the West, is impacted by this closure. The recommended alternate route is Red Meadow Road #115, which runs parallel to the trail north of the closure. Please see the enclosed map for further detail. Additionally, a temporary flight restriction is in place; aircraft and drones are not permitted over the fire.
The Flathead National Forest, excluding the Great Bear and Bob Marshal Wilderness Areas, is implementing Stage 2 fire restrictions on Thursday Aug 16th. The following are prohibited: building/maintaining a campfire, smoking except within buildings/vehicles and specific areas, and use of internal combustion engines and open flame torches between 1:00pm and 1:00am. For more information see: https://firerestrictions.us/