Fight against remote Lincoln County wildfires continues

Posted at 9:06 AM, Aug 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-22 09:20:38-04

LIBBY – Several wildfires in the Kootenai Nationall Forest are continuing to burn in Northwest Montana.

A Type II Incident Management Team is now managing and working to contain some of the numerous fires. 

Fire managers say good progress is being made on the 12-acre Porcupine Fire where the majority of fire resources are located. The largest fire in the area continues to be the Davis Fire which is estimated at 215 acres.

A Public Information Officer with the Type II team says they’re a long way from containment. Due to the remote location of the blazes, they are trying to set up radio communications along with cell service and landlines. 

There is also concern growing around all the fires in Lincoln County as high winds and hot temperatures are in the forecast.

"Which means that we could have some activity very similar to the activity that took place on July 28th with it being a dry lightning or low percentage of precipitation to come with that lightning," said Kootenai National Forest spokesman Shawn Ray-Delmas.

There are several road and trail closures in effect on the Kootenai Nationa forest which remains under Stage 1 Fire Restrictions.