Montana Outdoors

August 30, 2017

Sheep Gap Fire

Filed under: wildfire — Tags: , , — montucky @ 8:44 pm

The wild fire that started yesterday in the Coeur D’Alene Mountains at around 5 PM has been given a name and it is now being followed on InciWeb. Here are a few photos of it from this evening as the sun began to set behind it:

Sheep Gap Fire

Sheep Gap Fire

Sheep Gap Fire

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  1. Hope it gets put out or at least under control soon.

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    Comment by wordsfromanneli — August 30, 2017 @ 8:59 pm

    • I’m afraid this one will be around awhile. It’s in thick forest and in a very steep area. I wouldn’t want to fight one in that place!

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      Comment by montucky — August 30, 2017 @ 9:09 pm

  2. That almost looks like a flame in the last shot, but I daresay it is merely the sunset colouring the plume of smoke. I DO hope it is contained or put out soon.

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    Comment by Vicki — August 30, 2017 @ 9:06 pm

    • I just happened to be there when the sun was setting behind the smoke plume. The top of that smoke plume will be near 20,000 feet.

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      Comment by montucky — August 30, 2017 @ 9:11 pm

  3. Greetings from Whitefish, Montana. Today we drove from east to west across a hazy Glacier National Park, where a forest fire has been burning for a couple of days. Your post is right on topic for us.

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    Comment by Steve Schwartzman — August 30, 2017 @ 10:11 pm

    • Too bad about all of the smoke and haze for your Glacier trip! We have plenty of fires around here now too.

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      Comment by montucky — August 30, 2017 @ 11:59 pm

  4. InciWeb is a very handy service. Nice photo of the blood-red sun and smoke.

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    Comment by Malcolm R. Campbell — August 30, 2017 @ 10:33 pm

    • Yes, InciWeb is helpful, but it’s slow to pick up fires and misses many of the smaller ones.

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      Comment by montucky — August 31, 2017 @ 12:00 am

  5. Your shots are amazing, but oh, that fire is scary. So because of the steepness of the terrain, I’m assuming the only way they fight these fires from the air – by helicopter? And even that would be dicey I would suppose. Hope all stay safe!

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    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — August 31, 2017 @ 5:53 am

    • They are flying a lot of trips with the helicopters, and the river is just below the fire. I hope they can use the big planes as well today. There is a Forest Service road that goes right through the center of the fire area and equipment is up there working on it too. It’s a long way to haul water though so I don’t know what they can do. It’s a very narrow forest road so it can’t handle a lot of traffic and it’s the only way in and out so that also spells danger.

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      Comment by montucky — August 31, 2017 @ 7:52 am

  6. That’s looking kind of close!

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    Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — August 31, 2017 @ 2:55 pm

  7. Any idea yet as to how it started, Montucky?

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    Comment by de Wets Wild — August 31, 2017 @ 8:21 pm

    • Yes. It was caused by a dry lightning strike. There were seventeen new fire starts day before yesterday and the fire staffs are getting very stretched out. I used to be a fireman until about 4 years ago. Tonight I again became part of the local Rural fire department at least until the end of this fire season, so now I can at least do something about the fires.

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      Comment by montucky — August 31, 2017 @ 11:25 pm

  8. I read that pre-evacs from Plains were issued a couple of days ago. I also noticed that the Missoula radar’s down temporarily, but once it’s back, it will be a good way to see what the smoke’s up to. I’ve found the NWS in Missoula a good source of information. I follow their posts on Twitter, and saw this morning that the main building at Glacier National Park’s Sperry Chalet burned in the Sprague Fire. Here’s hoping the winds lay, or at least blow away from you.

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    Comment by shoreacres — September 1, 2017 @ 6:32 am

    • There are now about 50 homes threatened by the fire and under pre-evacuation orders. Last night the winds shifted and that will bring quite a few more in the new path of the fire. Missoula’s RADAR is useless for this fire. InciWeb has the best information, but it is not up-to-the minute. As the winds shift the fire moves unexpectedly.

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      Comment by montucky — September 1, 2017 @ 8:59 am

  9. Amazing vantage point.

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    Comment by Candace — September 1, 2017 @ 1:24 pm

  10. It looks fierce and powerful. You stay safe ..

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    Comment by Julie@frogpondfarm — September 1, 2017 @ 1:41 pm

    • It is on its way to becoming a very large fire I’m afraid. Nature only controls what will happen.

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      Comment by montucky — September 1, 2017 @ 1:49 pm

      • How I wish I could send you some rain …

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        Comment by Julie@frogpondfarm — September 1, 2017 @ 1:51 pm

        • We could use about a week of fairly heavy rain. This fire might not be out until the snow comes and puts it out.

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          Comment by montucky — September 1, 2017 @ 1:54 pm

          • That doesn’t sound good .. how long before it snows?

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            Comment by Julie@frogpondfarm — September 1, 2017 @ 1:55 pm

            • Could be a couple of months. Last year it was about the middle of October, and that put an end to last years large fire near here. It began on August first.

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              Comment by montucky — September 1, 2017 @ 2:02 pm


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