Lava Mountain fire grew some overnight

The Lava Mountain Fire northwest of Dubois grew a little more than 60 acres over night; it now totals 441 acres, the Northern Rockies Incident Management Team reported this morning. The fire had 0 containment as of yesterday evening, and that has not changed. Tonight another public meeting is going to be held at 7 p.m. at the Dubois Fire Department to answer the public's questions. Fire activity today is expected to be similar to yesterday, the team said in a news release this morning. The Fire is burning through heavy, dead fuel loads creating lots of smoke, spot fires, and large flames when temperatures are at their peak each day. Crews will continue to hold a defensive position and use use point-protection tactics to protect the affected structures and roads. Keeping roadways clear by not stoping or slowing to view fire will help keep the public and firefighters safe. Currently there is a total of 204 personnel working the fire including 5 crews, 3 dozers, 8 engines, 1 dozer, 2 excavators, 5 helicopters, 2 single engine air tankers. The Forest Service road 540 and Motorized Trail (MT) 10 is closed. Portions of the Continental Divide Trail will also be closed starting tomorrow. Detailed locations to follow. The Northern Rockies Incident Management Team warns residents, "Whether you are directly effected by this Incident or not, every resident in the surrounding area should have an evacuation plan in place. And, remember, if you feel concerned or threatened by fire activity, leave the area. Do not wait for someone to tell you; leave when you feel you need to." *Background on the Lava Mountain Fire: *The Lava Mountain Fire started on July 16, 2016 reportedly by a lightning strike . For the first few days, crews were unable to locate the fire due to its lack of size and smoke. On Saturday, however, the fire grew to around 250 acres due to increased temperatures and wind. Significant amounts of dead and down trees as well as steep terrain are hampering suppression efforts and creating safety concerns for firefighters on the ground. For these reasons, firefighter efforts are focused on protecting structures and other values at risk in the valley bottom. *photo h/t Bill Sincavage* #county10 #news