Fires are expected to burn in The Clark Fork Complex until September 28th, according to the latest estimate posted approximately half an hour ago on inciWeb, Incident Information System.
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Ross Creek Cedars near Bull Lake, in neighboring Lincoln County, may be spared according to latest information that said the Scotchman Peak fire is one mile from the ancient grove.
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"Infrared technology was able to cut through the smoke and give fire managers a picture of what the fires have been doing under their blanket of smoke over the past few days. The Scotchman's Peaks Fire is now measured at only 1920 acres, a decrease from previous measurements. It continues to burn islands on the interior of the fire and up on the steep, rocky slopes beneath Scotchman #2. Activity on the southern edge of the fire, near Clark Fork, has nearly ceased....
"The Napoleon Fire has continued to grow to the south in un-burned areas below Pillick Ridge, and is now measured at 7,896 acres. Crews have laid hoses along the Pillick Ridge trail, which will be used to knock heat down between Highway 56 and Gin Gulch, where the fire has crossed the ridge. We hope that the firefighters can continue to ensure the safety of homes along the Bull River.
"The Sawtooth Fire is now measured at 2010 acres. Although two large spots grew together recently, it has (thankfully) not made any progress towards the Ross Creek Cedars.The fires in Kootenai (KNF) and Idaho Panhandle National Forests (IDP) include individual fires are the Scotchman Peak (IDP), Whitetail (IDP), Marten Creek (IDP), Sawtooth (KNF), Napoleon (KNF) and Government (KNF). The Northern Rockies Wildland Fire Management Team, under the command of Diane Hutton, are managing all fires in the complex. All of the fires were started by a lightning event that ran across the geographic area. Evacuations along Highway 56 run from milepost 2.7 to milepost 14. Additional resources remain difficult to obtain due to the unprecedented number of fires in the north western states. Firefighter and community safety are the top priorities for all fire suppression actions.
"In case you missed the announcement yesterday, FSPW received a request to help feed firefighters at the Lakeside Restaurant in Trout Creek, MT. If you would like to help out, please call the Lakeside Restaurant at (406) 827-4458."
Additional information is in Becky Kramer's August 26th assessment of the Ross Creek Cedar grove.
For an overall assessment of wildfires, read this Bloomberg Business article which gives you their realistic viewpoint. It includes the following:
"The Forest Service, the countrys largest wildland firefighting agency, has spent $800 million trying to control the flames this year, and its only August. As such, 2015 is on track to become the 15th year in a row the agency has laid out roughly $1 billion on firefighting alone. Expenses in some areas are equal to or greater than the value of the threatened property$200,000 to $400,000 per home, according to Bozeman (Mont.)-based Headwaters Economics. Yet the Forest Service doesnt have much choice: It cant just let communities burn. So the service and its partner agencies keep putting out the flames, even though years of study have shown that doing so only leads to even hotter, more devastating fires later."One quote in the article states,
“If you always do what youve always done, youll always get what youve always got, says Tom Harbour, who, as the chief of the Forest Services fire department, sets the agenda for dozens of other federal, state, county, and municipal agencies and is effectively Americas wildland fire chief. One hundred million people in the West can no longer expect to just pick up the phone, dial 911, and have a Hotshot come and save them.”The harrowing tales those rugged Montana homesteaders told about surviving the 1910 holocaust in those mountain valleys are in Volume 1 of Behind These Mountains, a trilogy of northwestern Montana. To read their accounts free here, Chapter 18, 1910 Fire.