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Officials report progress on Stoner Creek Fire near Lakeside

Published On: Aug 19 2013 05:59:44 PM MDT

Photo taken from Hwy 93 and Political Hill Rd in Lakeside of new fire about 2 miles west of Lakeside on Sunday 8/18/2013 at 6:55 pm. At least two planes on the fire.

KALISPELL, Mont -

The following information is from the Flathead National Forest:

Crews made good progress today on the east flank with the support of helicopters from other active fires in the area. The fire is west of the Lakeside community along the Blacktail road. The fire is burning to the east of the area burned by the 2009 Baldy Fire. Firefighters are focusing on the eastern edge of the fire to reduce spread toward structures.  The closest structure is approximately one-quarter mile from the fire’s edge.

Resources:  7 engines, 1 bulldozer, and 2 helicopters, 70 firefighters

Closures:  No trail closures are associated with this fire. Homeowners can still use Blacktail road for access, but other drivers are asked to avoid using this route.

Cause:  Under Investigation

Detected: August 18, 2013 18:00

Location:  West of Lakeside on Blacktail Road 

Legal Description:  Lat. 48° 01.1, Long. 114°16.8

Current size:  100 acres

Jurisdiction: Plum Creek Land with protection by USDA-FS, Northern Region, Flathead National Forest, Swan Lake Ranger District

 

For further information on the Stoner Creek Fires, go to INCIWEB at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3673/ or call the Swan Lake Ranger District at 406-837-7500.