Two New Fires Reported Near Essex
A public meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 18 at 7:00 p.m at the Izaak Walton Hotel outside shelter in Essex.
The Incident Management Team in charge of the Thompson Fire in Glacier National Park has assumed management of two new fire starts (Sheep and Granite Fires) on the Flathead National Forest adjacent to Glacier National Park.
The Granite Fire is west of Marias Pass south of Hwy. 2 and southeast of Glacier NP. It was detected on Sunday, Aug. 16. It is burning in very steep country in a mixed conifer forest below a ridge. The fire had limited activity Monday, with creeping and smoldering. Warmer, drier weather may cause more surface fire activity and isolated tree torching. Initial attack crews battled the fire yesterday and today constructing containment lines and using helicopter water drops. Additional firefighters were put on the fire Monday and will continue with line construction today.
The Sheep Fire is about 3 miles northwest of Essex. It was detected on Saturday, Aug. 15. It is burning in very steep country with difficult access. Snags are common throughout. The fire had limited activity Monday, with creeping and smoldering. A 5-person smoke jumper crew were put on the fire Monday. They began assessing the fire and initiated line construction. They will be joined on today by a 10 person crew. They will use helicopter water drops to slow fire spread and on any spots beyond the perimeter. The crews will be constructing a containment around the fire from an established anchor point.
Warmer, drier weather may cause more surface fire activity and isolated tree torching on both fires.
These two fires, along with the Thompson Fire, are now referred to as the Thompson-Divide Complex.
The Thompson Fire, reported Aug. 9,continues to burn in a remote south-central backcountry area of Glacier National Park about 15 miles east of the West Glacier entrance in the Thompson and Nyack drainages west of the Continental Divide.