Observation Fire Lines Held During Weekend Winds
Gusty winds blew smoke around and caused hot spots to flare up at the Observation forest fire Monday, but the fire lines held, according to the Northern Rockies Incident team. The fire is now 20 percent contained.
The fire on the Bitterroot National Forest about 10 miles southwest of Hamilton has burned 1,417 acres as of Tuesday morning, July 5. Most of the growth has been on the active north end of the blaze in Hayes Creek. Meanwhile, crews continue to mop up on the southwest and southeast perimeter.
Helicopters continue to be a big part of the suppression effort. A helispot, spike camp and safety zone were set up on the north end of the fire. Ground crews continue to build a contingency line along Camas Creek ridge.
A reminder that there are flight restrictions around the fire - and that includes remote controlled drones. If drones are spotted in the area, the firefighting helicopters cannot fly until the drones are gone.
Stage 1 evacuation remains in effect. Lost Horse Road and Lick Creek Road are closed. Fire danger on the Bitterroot National Forest is High.
A FireWise information trailer is stationed at the Charlos Heights fire station along US 93 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. About 60-70 people have been getting information daily from that location.