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Gibralter Ridge Fire at 1,600 acres, public meeting set

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Increased winds are causing concern for crews battling the 1,600 acre Gibralter Ridge fire outside of Eureka.

Two new spot fires started Thursday across the Foothills Road with officials saying that all available resources are actively working to suppress those.

Mandatory evacuation orders remain in place for the Sherman Creek, Griffith Creek, Therriault pass and Stevens Creek areas.

Residents in the Grave Creek, Glen Lake, and Sinclair Creek areas south and east of West Road also still remain under pre-evacuation orders.

Residents were briefly allowed to return home on Thursday morning to check on their properties and retrieve items that they need.

A public meeting to discuss the Gibralter Ridge Fire will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday in the Lincoln County High School Auditorium. 

Super Scooper  planes have been drawing water from Lake Koocanusa near Rexford.

Anyone on the lake is being asked to stay well away from the area since the aircraft can't scoop up water if boaters are nearby.

Crews are continuing to patrol for spot fires and plan to use Foothill Road as a control line to minimize the threat to the structures in the area. 

The Lincoln County Commission has declared a local state of emergency due to the Gibralter Ridge Fire

There are now 376 people battling the blaze that's burning seven miles east of Eureka.

A shelter has been set up for evacuees at the Church of God on Second Avenue East in Eureka.

Livestock can be taken to the fairgrounds in Eureka while smaller animals and pets can be taken to the Tobacco Valley Animal Shelter. The Flathead Spay & Neuter in Columbia Falls is also offering to take in cats.

Donations for firefighters are still being gathered at a trailer located behind Eureka Town Hall.

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