Ten Mile fire holds steady, Sterling Complex grows

Posted at 10:21 AM, Aug 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-15 12:21:00-04

LIBBY – Crews are continuing to battle a trio of wildfires that are burning on the Kootenai National Forest in Lincoln County.

The biggest blaze remains the Ten Mile fire which is burning 19 miles southwest of Eureka. It’s holding at 680 acres with 70% containment.

The nearby Pinkham Tower fire has grown to burned 599 acres and the Huckleberry fire has scorched 305 acres. There is no containment on either of the blazes which are now being called the Sterling Complex fires.

A pre-evacuation notice remains in effect for Edna Creek Road, Lake Creek Road, Sutton Ridge Road, and Swamp Creek Road. Residents in those areas are being advised be prepared to evacuate on short notice The most up-to-date evacuation information can be found by calling (406) 293-6295.

Several road and trail closures remain in effect in the area and Stage I Fire Restrictions remain in effect on the Kootenai National Forest. A Type 2 Northern Rockies Incident Management Team and 284 people are assigned to battle the three wildfires.