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Crews holding northwest Montana fires

September 8, 2018
Sterling Complex
Yesterday's hot and dry conditions brought increased fire activity on the Gold Hill fire though all containment lines held.

The fire, located 13 miles north of Libby, is at 5,372 acres and 15% containment. A pre-evacuation notice remains in place for Pipe Creek Road residents from mile marker 11 to 13, and temporary flight restrictions remain in effect.

A structure group is maintaining hose lays and other structure protection measures that are in place.

On the west flank, the fire continued to actively back downslope towards Highway 68. Today will provide for more favorable weather and resources will focus on strengthening containment lines.

Firing operations are being conducted along the western and northwestern edges of the fire to remove unburned fuels between indirect line and the fire edge. Night shift resources will be on scene again along the Highway 68 corridor to maintain structure protection and monitor fire progression.

The Davis fire perimeter held through yesterday’s hot and dry conditions. Remaining resources will continue mop up and suppression repair operations.

The fire, 10 miles northwest of Yaak, Montana, is 6,614 acres and 35% contained.

Northcentral and southeast areas of the Sterling Complex, 1,405 acres and 83% contained, experienced minimal increases in fire behavior yesterday.

Today, cooler temperatures and a chance of rain may help quiet areas still containing heat. In other areas of the fire already known to be cool, suppression repair and rehab work are well underway.

Today, firefighters are searching out and extinguishing any remaining heat found in the northcentral and southeastern areas of the fire where accessible. Mop-up continues to progress deeper inside the containment lines, to make sure the fire is stable before calling it contained.

Mop-up along the north-central and southern flanks is being done with the assistance of water tenders and engines. The northeast flank remains in monitor and patrol status, graders and other equipment are working the northern areas of the fire, and skidders continue to transport logs intended for a future salvage sale to logging decks cut during suppression operations. Heavy equipment is at work on repair and rehab on cool areas of the fire, throughout the fire area closure.

The area closure order remains in effect.
Davis Fire Gold Hill

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