|August 1, 2013
Fire erupts near Arlee
A helicopter draws water to drop onto the Firestone Flats fire. (Sharon Haynes, photo)
ARLEE — Fire broke out in the Firestone Flats area six miles east of Arlee on Saturday, July 27 around 1:58 p.m. As of this printing, 1750 acres have burned and the fire was 60 percent contained. So far, no cause has been found and remains under investigation.
Mixed conifer trees and dry are fueling the fire. Moisture levels for the fuel are around 5-6 percent; to put that in perspective, fuel moisture of an average board foot of lumber in a lumberyard is approximately 8 percent. The low moisture level creates highly flammable forest fuels.
Jocko Canyon Road, Pistol Creek Road, and North Placid Road remain closed to the public. Evacuations have been lifted. For status of the evacuations, go to the information trailer located at Jocko Road and Jocko Canyon Junction.
Several aircraft including helicopters attacked the Firestone Flats fire. (Sharon Haynes, photo)
As of Tuesday, July 30, 365 firefighters and support personnel, three hotshot crews, five hand crews, 13 fire engines, five helicopters, 12 pieces of heavy equipment and two heavy air tankers have been assigned to the blaze.
The fire threatens residences, watershed areas, cultural resources, bull trout habitat and valuable commercial timber on tribal lands.
For daily updates and information, go to Inciweb.org, and click the reference tab for the Firestone Flats Fire.
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