Hamilton Air Quality Heads Back to ‘Moderate’ Saturday Morning
The Chute Creek Fire in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness was burning actively Friday afternoon, August 18.
The smoke drifted east, into the Bitterroot Valley, sending the air quality into the 'Very Unhealthy' level between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. Friday night. The smoke lessened during the overnight hours and the levels returned to "unhealthy for sensitive groups" by sunrise and was back into the "moderate" level later.
KLYQ will have updated acreage numbers on the Chute Creek fire later Saturday.
At 9 a.m. Saturday, the Lolo Peak Fire had burned 27,906 acres and the fire caused closure of Highway 12 again Friday.
A drone stopped critical aerial operations August 18. The Lolo Peak Incident Command released this statement Saturday:
A drone was reported in the (Lolo Peak) fire area yesterday. This resulted in fire managers shutting down air operations over the fire area during its major run along Highway 12. For us to effectively resolve drone incursions, please report them to 406-272-5433. We will need your name and phone number, the location where you observed the drone, the time you observed the drone and its direction of travel. Your cooperation will insure the safety of our firefighters and that we can continue to safely use our aerial resources.
The Sunrise Fire is at 24,038 acres, the Sapphire Complex has burned 34,762 acres, the Rice Ridge Fire is at 14,834 acres and the Liberty Fire is at 5,671 acres. Gibralter Ridge fire is at 2,864 acres.
Air quality at Seeley Lake was "hazardous" again Saturday morning. By the way, Seeley Lake has been re-opened to recreation, according to officials Friday.