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Stahl Lookout. Photo by Annora Nelsoa.
Stahl Lookout
Stahl Lookout was wrapped with fire protective material as a precautionary measure should the fire move in that direction. Photo by Annora Nelsoa.

Stahl Lookout before fire wrapping. Photo by Annora Nelsoa.
Stahl Lookout before fire wrapping
Stahl Lookout sits on top of Stahl Peak. It no longer is a fire lookout but has historical importance. Photo by Annora Nelsoa.

Gibralter Ridge Fire Aug 28. Photo by U.S. Forest Service.
Gibralter Ridge Fire Aug 28
Gibralter Ridge Fire update Aug. 29, 2017
Burning near Eureka, Montana - 5,112 acres, 27% contained
August 29, 2017

The Gibralter Ridge Fire is burning 7 miles east of Eureka, Montana. As of the time of this report, this fire was at 5,112 acres and 27% contained. Structures and residences are threatened by this fire. Residents remain in pre-evacuation and pre-evacuation warning status.

The fire is under the management of RJ McDole (Incident Commander) and Jason Sunell (Incident Commander Trainee) is a Type 3 Incident Management organization. They assumed command of the fire at 6 p.m. on Tuesday August 22. The fire sat at about 3,564 acres at that time. On Thursday (August 24) strong southwest winds pushed the fire about 1500 acres to the northeast. It spotted across the ridge systems and burned together higher on the ridge. It has continued to burn down towards Grave Creek Road which is an effective fuel break. Yesterday (Monday, August 28) a spot fire was found on the west facing slope above Grave Creek; it was dampened with helicopter water drops.

History: The Gibralter Ridge Fire was one of several fires in the greater Eureka, Montana area. These fires were caused by lightning late Monday night (August 7th). The Gibralter Ridge Fire grew overnight to approximately 900 acres and was threatening structures and residences to the east of Eureka, Montana.

Click on this link for more updates: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5474/


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