The Flathead County Sheriff’s Office has issued pre-evacuation advisories for 20 structures near the Hay Creek fire near Polebridge as the blaze has spread to around 250 acres and weather forecasts predict a Continuous hot, dry weather with potential wind gusts.
A community meeting to discuss the fire is scheduled for Saturday at 6 p.m. in the parking lot of the Sondreson community hall.
The evacuation notice area, located in North Fork, begins at approximately the gravel pit north of Polebridge and includes residents accessing their homes from the Long Bow Trail, according to a press release from the services office yesterday. Flathead County emergency. It follows the North Fork Road to Red Meadow Road, then extends west.
The emergency services office said yesterday that residents and visitors “who need more time to evacuate or need to move pets or livestock are urged to begin the evacuation process now.”
Visit the emergency services office Facebook page for more information and a map.
The Hay Creek fire was reported on July 21, five miles west of Polebridge. The cause is unknown, although lightning was present in the area during dry thunderstorms on the day of detection. The fire was at 0% containment earlier today.
The firing command was changed to a Type 3 Incident Management Team this morning and is being managed “as part of a complete suppression strategy using aviation resources and indirect tactics”.
Several other fires have been reported in Flathead County in recent days, including one in the Boorman Creek area west of Kalispell which was around 4 acres this morning.
Nine miles southwest of Troy in Lincoln County, Burnt Creek fire increased very little yesterday despite gusts of wind reaching 25 miles per hour. It was nearly 2,200 acres this morning at 15% containment. The fire was caused by lightning and detected on July 7.
Great Basin Type 2 Incident Management Team # 4 attack the Burnt Creek fire with two helicopters, 10 engines, three bulldozers and 238 people. The gusts of wind were expected to continue until today.
According to an update on the incident this morning, the potential for growth of large fires “will persist until heavy rain or snow arrives in the blaze area.”
The South Yaak fire, also caused by lightning and detected on July 13, burns at 328 acres on steep, wooded terrain four miles northwest of Troy with 0% containment this morning. The blaze developed rapidly after initial detection despite heavy initial attack efforts, including support from helicopters and tankers. The Grand Bassin n ° 4 type 2 incident management team is leading the attack.
Somewhere else, 2,200 acre dry cabin fire burns in the wilderness of the scapegoat in the Lolo National Forest at 0% containment. The wildfire, located 20 miles north of Ovando and 22 miles northeast of Seeley Lake, has moved to a limited Type 3 management organization with local resources.
“The area also received lightning which could contribute to further fires in the region,” an update on the incident reported this afternoon.