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Gold Hill Fire 26% contained

September 12, 2018
Mike Almas’ Northern Rockies Type 2 Incident Management Team assumed command of the Gold Hill Fire at 6 a.m. Tuesday, September 11. Yesterday, crews continued suppression and mop-up operations along the southern and western flanks of the fire, now 26% contained at 6,252 acres, located 13 miles north of Libby.

Logs and slash produced by fuel modification around the Blue Mountain Lookout were removed and fire managers assessed for fire suppression repair. Aerial resources were again used to keep the more active southwest corner in check.

Today, crews continue improvements to the indirect dozer line which runs along the western flank from Highway 68 to the 309 Road. Mop-up and chipping operations will also continue throughout the western edge of the fire.

Fire activity to the east of Shafer Creek will be monitored and aerial resources will be used to keep that area in check. Heavy equipment will be removing logs and slash produced by fuel modification during line construction along the Blue Mountain Lookout Road. Crews will continue to monitor the fire along Highway 68, causing possible traffic delays.

Cooler, more humid weather yesterday helped to moderate fire behavior, though fire continues to creep in the down and dead fuels. Today will be partly sunny with temperatures in the high 60s and relative humidity 35-40%. A chance for scattered afternoon showers and thunderstorms remains today, which may produce some erratic outflow winds in the fire area.

Private property and structures along the Pipe Creek Road, Forest Service roads and infrastructure and commercial timber property remain threatened, and a pre-evacuation notice remains in place for Pipe Creek Road residents from mile 11 to 13. Structure protection measures are in place in this area.

Forest Closure Orders remain in effect. Temporary flight restrictions are also in effect around the entire fire area, which also apply to unmanned aircraft systems, or drones.

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