Davis fire grows 6,000 acres near Yaak

Posted at 10:47 AM, Aug 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-20 12:47:24-04

LIBBY – The Davis Fire has now burned a little over 6,000 acres since being sparked by lightning on July 29th.

There are now 169 people battling the blaze that’s burning in remote terrain approximately 10 miles northwest of Yaak in Lincoln County. Fire managers report that dense smoke and higher humidity on Sunday helped to moderate fire behavior.

Crews are continuing to hold and secure the fireline along the southern fire edge, patrolling and mopping up hot spots in the Davis Creek drainage, south and east of Northwest Peak.

The Northwest Peak Lookout, Garver Mountain Lookout, a whitebark pine protection area and a SNOTEL site could be potentially threatened should the fire spread.

The Davis fire was just 7% contained as of Monday morning.

Stage 2 Fire Restrictions remain in effect for Lincoln County.  Additionally, an Air Quality Alert issued by the Montana Department of Environmental Quality remains in effect in Lincoln County.