The following information was provided by the Western Montana Incident Management Team:
The cause of the Firestone Flats Fire located about 5 miles northeast of Arlee is still under investigation. The fire was first detected on Saturday, July 27.
Due to the hard work and efforts of the mutual aid organizations and initial attack crews, as well as a little help from the weather, fire growth has slowed. A Type II Incident Management Team (IMT), under Bob Fry, took over the fire yesterday at 7:00 PM.
Current Status: Today, Monday, July 29th, the fire is listed at 0 percent contained. The fire is expected to continue spreading north. Weather forecasts predict cooler and calmer conditions. Windy conditions are expected on the fire and it is expected the winds will work in favor of fire crews. A burnout is planned if conditions are favorable.
Upcoming Events: A public information meeting will be held at the Arlee High School again tonight at 8pm. Members of the Incident Management Team will be present to review what happened today, expectations for tomorrow, and address questions about the fire. Additional contact information and updates will be provided during the meeting as well.
Resources: Four helicopters, two Type 1 and three Type 2 crews, one camp crew, thirteen engine crews, five water tenders, two pieces of heavy equipment as well as 54 overhead staff for a total of 249 people.
Closures: Jocko Road, Pistol Creek Road, and North Placid Lake Road are currently closed to the public.