The Friday Fire Update – Sept 9
As of 7am Friday, the Up Top Fire in the 41 Complex was 5,634 acres. That fire is expected to continue to be active in the dry, hot days to come. The fire has moved south and west in the last 24 hours. Crews working on the 41 Fire, which is now 100 percent contained, are turning their attention to the Up Top fire on its western edge. The Gird Point Lookout was fully wrapped Thursday to protect it from flames.
Nearby, to the south, the Coyote Meadows fire is 1,159 acres and the Fox Peak fire is 258 acres.
Road closures include the Skalkaho Highway from Black Bear Campground on the west to Gem Mountain on the east, all of the Skalkaho-Rye road and Railroad Creek Road.
An open house is scheduled Saturday morning at the upstairs meeting room of Hamilton's City Hall from 9am to noon. The Firewise Wagon will also be at the Hamilton Farmer's Market Saturday morning.
Stage 1 Fire restrictions are going into effect for all of West Central Montana. Campfires are only allowed in designated BLM or USFS campsites. Smoking is prohibited unless within an enclosed vehicle, building, or in an area 3 feet in diameter that is cleared of all flammable materials. Do not park or drive over dry vegetation. Make sure fires are dead out before you leave it.