- No rain last evening, but snow in the mountains this morning from the earlier storm.
- Northest Kootenai Complex – Marston Fire Update – September 6, 2015
- Thompson-Divide Complex Daily Fact Sheet Sept. 7, 8:00 AM – FINAL (AGAIN)
All travel restrictions on U.S. Highway 2 related to the fires have been lifted. Motorists are cautioned to still drive carefully because fire traffic are still using this route for rehabilitation efforts.
Stage I Fire Restrictions are in effect for Glacier National Park and Flathead National Forest, except wilderness areas. Stage I Restrictions allow for campfires only in designated fire rings. All fire restrictions have been dropped in the Flathead National Forest Wilderness areas.
- Northeast Kootenai Complex – Marston Fire Update – September 5, 2015.
- Flathead National Forest Moves Fire Restrictions to Stage I
- County stuck on fire restrictions
There are fires all around, but none threatening the North Fork right now. The NRCC map is interesting, however.
Kootenai National Forest
Northeast Kootenai Complex Inciweb link (includes the Marston fire)
Fire Information Line: (406) 882-8308
Office hours: 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Northest Kootenai Complex – Marston Fire Update – September 6, 2015
The Northeast Kootenai Complex – Rain continued to fall yesterday on the Marston Fire with totals ranging from .60 to .70 inches across the area. The danger to houses has been reduced but the possibility for structures to be threatened remains if the weather warms and dries as the eastern flank of the fire has no containment lines. The large fuel moistures are still critically low. The fire behavior continues to show minimal creeping.
The fire continues to slowly back toward indirect fire line, although very little movement is expected. Hand crews are limited in number and cannot safely use direct line construction on many portions of the Marston Fire due to steep, heavily timbered slopes and rock screes. The overall plan is to use mechanized fuel break on gentle terrain as an indirect line and blacken the edge as the main fire comes close. This will provide the safest way to protect structures, firefighting personnel, and the associated resources. A dry and cold air mass behind yesterday’s low pressure will continue the possibility of scattered rain showers. Conditions will start to warm and dry out under clearing skies by afternoon. Light winds return and the drier, warming conditions are expected to continue Monday.
The Marston Fire is being supported by 1- Type 2 helicopter, 2- Type 1 Crews, 2- Type 2 Crews and miscellaneous personnel for a total of 157 fire personnel and support on the fire.
A new Fire Area Closure Order has replaced Marston Fire Area Closure Order # D03-067-S-15, reducing the area restricted for public use. The Closure Order in effect now allows public access Murphy Lake and Campground. All other lands, roads and trails previously closed, remain closed for public safety. Please see NE Kootenai Complex on InciWeb at: www.inciweb.nwcg.gov for a full list of trails and roads affected by this closure.
- There is an updated map of the Marston fire available through 9/1/15 – It looks like most of the recent progress has been to the south.
Glacier National Park
Thompson Divide Complex Inciweb link
Thompson-Divide Complex Daily Fact Sheet Sept. 7, 8:00 AM – FINAL
Fire Information: (406) 387-4854/ (406) 314-1669, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Fire Complex Completed: 72% Injuries: 1 Structures Lost: None
Resources – Total Personnel: 87 Engines: 2
Update: The Thompson-Divide Complex received more than an inch of rain in some areas over the past two days and some snow at elevations above 6,000 ft. Today temperatures will be 50-60. There is a 20% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Weather is predicted to return to average temperatures and begin drying mid-week. Smoke from interior hot spots and burning logs may be seen during the week as fuels dry.
Crews will complete hand rehabilitation and remove protective wrap from cabins today. Fires will be monitored for any activity near the perimeters of the Sheep and Granite Fires. Management of the Thompson-Divide Complex is transferring from the Northern Rockies Type II IMT to a local Type 4 team on Monday, Sept. 7 at 6 p.m. The Type 4 team will be located at the Hungry Horse Ranger Station and will continue to monitor all three fires for any fire activity and complete needed rehabilitation.
Thompson Fire in particular
Approximate Size: 18,847 acres Structures Lost: None
News stories from the papers (newest are on top)
- Flathead National Forest eases fire restrictions to Stage I
- ‘A lot of that land is burnt to black toast’
- Flathead County Stays at Stage 2 Fire Restrictions for Long Weekend
- Fires cool down
- Glacier Park fire traced to lightning
- Driest summer on record, but fires slowed by rainfall and more on the way
- Thompson Fire lightning caused; trails reopen east of fire
- Fires at a glance
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