LIBBY – The Ten Mile fire which is burning 18 miles southwest of Eureka grew slightly on Thursday has now scorched an estimated 677 acres. Containment on the blaze has now grown to 22%.
Fire managers report that Thursday was another productive day as crews worked on line construction, holding, and mopping up on the fire. The fire continues to slowly back downslope with isolated torching and spotting on the north side.
A saw line was constructed on the south side and crews were able to continue bringing a hose line to the fire line, therefore raising containment to 22%.
There are now 280 people and a Type II Incident Management Team assigned to battle the lightning-sparked blaze which began burning in the Kootenai National Forest on July 31st.
Several road and trail closures remain in effect in the area for firefighter and public safety purposes.