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Northwest Montana fires still burning

September 2, 2018
Firefighters continue to fight the Gold Hill Fire 13 miles north of Libby, which is now at 3,682 acres and five-percent containment, with work continuing to build and improve lines and to construct fuel breaks.

On the south and southeast edges of the fire, hotshot crews are working on the fire's edge to break up heavy fuels and digging handlines.

Pre-evacuation notices are still in effect for Pipe Creek Road residents between miles 11 to 13, and a structure group continues to maintain hoselays should those homes be threatened.

The Davis Fire in the Yaak is at 6,614 acres and 25% containment, an crews have been successful in completing a direct line in the Jungle Creek drainage. Crews will be working to improve and strengthen the line for the next several days and heavy equipment is being used to remove slash and logs from the fire area.

Forest closure orders are in effect for both fires, details are available at:
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/6074 and https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/6143.

Temporary flight restrictions are also in effect over the entirety of both fire areas, to include drones and unmanned aircraft systems as well as piloted aircraft.

The Sterling Complex is at 1,405 acres and 79% contained, with fire crews working hard to complete the remaining containment linees and to put outy hot spots 40 to 80 feet inside the lines.

In cooler areas of the fire, suppression repair work is underway.

Crews are mopping up the Pinkham Tower Fire prior to declaring it contained.

A new closure order went into effect August 30 for the Sterling Fire for public and firefighter safety. See the map below for details.

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