Lava Mountain Fire grew some today; Incident Management Team urges public to use caution

The Lava Mountain Fire activity today was as expected with minimal growth. It now totals an estimated 550 acres, the Northern Rockies Incident Management Team reported this morning. The fire remains at 0 percent containment. Crews worked with landowners to continue building defensive positions by carrying out point-protection tactics to protect the affected structures and properties. Tomorrow, fire behavior has the potential to increase due to hotter, windier and drier conditions the team said in a news release this evening. *There are several ways that the public can aid in fire fighting efforts. * 1. Keeping traffic flowing at a safe pace on Highway 26. Please don’t slow down to watch the fire or to take. 2. Stay up to date with current and projected fire movements and plan your activities appropriately to avoid being caught in affected areas. 3. Any activity that gets in the way of fire resources either on the ground or in the air will slow suppression efforts. This includes but is not limited to Drones, bikes, horseback, OHV’s and motor vehicles. The team advises residents 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. Assigned Resources include 8 crews, 8 engines, 1 dozer, 5 helicopters, 2 single engine air tankers with a total 261 personnel. Road closures include the Forest Service road 540, Motorized Trail (MT) 10 and Portions of the Continental Divide Trail from Pilot Knob to Sheridan Pass. *Feature photo: h/t Karen Birdsong Madorin / Pitchengine Communities* #county10 #news