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Sapphire Complex fire holds steady

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The Sapphire Compex fire is burning 25 miles east of Missoula in the Rock Creek drainage. (photo credit Mike Rogers, Sapphire Complex) The Sapphire Compex fire is burning 25 miles east of Missoula in the Rock Creek drainage. (photo credit Mike Rogers, Sapphire Complex)

ROCK CREEK - There's been little change at the Sapphire Complex that has burned over 43,600 acres in the Rock Creek drainage southeast of Missoula.

A public meeting will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the Wise River Community Center to discuss the blaze.

 A mandatory evacuation order for approximately 35 residences along Rock Creek Road remains in effect, beginning from and including Wild Rose Loop south to Stony Creek.

Pre-evacuation orders have been lifted for the Marshall Creek subdivision, Upper Willow Creek north from the intersection of Upper Rock Creek Road and the Upper Willow Creek Road, and the Rock Creek drainage from Babcock Creek south to Bobcat Creek. 

Pre-evacuation notices remain in effect for Upper Rock Creek Road from Stony Creek south to Kyle G. Bohrnsen Memorial Bridge, including residences on the lower Cornish Gulch Road and Basin Gulch Road, and for Upper Rock Creek Road residences from Bobcat Creek south to Hogback Homestead.

Private property and structures in the Rock Creek, Upper Willow Creek, and Marshall Creek drainages remain threatened. Other resources threatened include fisheries in Rock Creek, grazing lands along the southern boundary of the Little Hogback Fire, Bonneville Power Administration powerline, and a communication site.

There are 196 people assigned to the blaze which is 59% contained.


Little Hogback Fire: 34,439 acres
The east side of the fire remains in patrol status.  There is still a small area of active fire at the south-central part of the fire’s periphery; firefighters continue working to secure that edge.  Fire is active along the western flank.  Helicopter water drops yesterday kept westward fire growth in check.  Unburned pockets in the interior continue to burn.  Structure protection along Rock Creek Road remains a priority, particularly in the Idle Ranches subdivision.  Sprinklers are still in place and functioning to protect nearby residences.  This fire should be in monitoring/patrol soon.

Goat Creek Fire: 8,300 acres
Any heat remaining is in the interior.  Firefighters continue rehabilitation of constructed fire breaks.  The incident team established a spike camp nearby to support remaining efforts on this fire as well as the Sliderock and Little Hogback fires.

Sliderock Fire:900 acres
There has been no growth in the overall size of this fire; any hot spots are in the fire interior.  Rehabilitation of constructed firelines will follow after this work is completed for the Goat Creek Fire.

 

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