Montana Outdoors

September 2, 2017

Sheep Gap Fire, Morning of September 2, 2017

The fire is building up again this morning after some pretty good activity during the night. Here are a few photos of a water drop by a big helicopter this morning

Sheep Gap Fire

Sheep Gap Fire

Sheep Gap Fire

Sheep Gap Fire

Sheep Gap Fire

Hereโ€™s a closer look at the big helicopter as it is taking on more water from the river.

Sheep Gap Fire - helicopter

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  1. hope they get it under control without loss of life.

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    Comment by John Purdy — September 2, 2017 @ 12:09 pm

    • My guess is that the fire will be under control only when a weather event ends it, probably in October. In the mean time the best we can do will be to keep people affected by it safe, even if they lose their homes and avoid any accidents to the fire crews. Thank goodness we have some good new technology and communications.

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      Comment by montucky — September 2, 2017 @ 12:23 pm

  2. does this threaten you in any way???

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    Comment by John Purdy — September 2, 2017 @ 12:09 pm

    • Here I am north of the Clark Fork River from the fire so a ground fire would not be too much of a threat. The potential danger is from burning embers being carried over by the wind. We are receiving burned ash every day, but so far no spot fires. If it starts new fires on this side of the river though, it will be a brand new ballgame.

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      Comment by montucky — September 2, 2017 @ 12:26 pm

  3. They are working so hard at this “spitting into the bonfire.”

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    Comment by wordsfromanneli — September 2, 2017 @ 12:28 pm

    • They are doing everything possible. I was very happy to see the big chopper working the fire this morning. It will at least slow the advance of the fire to the east. I see that it is now judged to be over 2200 acres.

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      Comment by montucky — September 2, 2017 @ 12:34 pm

      • Those fires can spread so quickly and keep on burning for such a long time. The BC fires are still burning. Not threatening communities anymore but burning just the same. The air quality is still poor in many communities, especially those closest to the fires. I bet your air is pretty smoky – unless the wind is blowing it all away from you.

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        Comment by wordsfromanneli — September 2, 2017 @ 1:50 pm

        • The smoke is going so high up over the fire that it passes well overhead, dropping ash (fortunately so far cold ash). An are to the south of the river has now been evacuated. I am expecting some guests tonight from another fire about 40 miles west of here. They have to get out in a hurry. I’m on standby for Rural Fire so it will be good if someone else will be here.

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          Comment by montucky — September 2, 2017 @ 6:18 pm

  4. Boy, that bucket looks awfully small compared to that fire, but I suppose it must help some with the leading edge.

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

    • I think that’s the bucket that holds 800 gallons. The helicopters work on hitting the hot spots of the fire.

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      Comment by montucky — September 2, 2017 @ 2:37 pm

  5. I guess the wind also determines how large and swiftly the fire moves, as much as the thickness of the tree cover and type of tree.
    I would be praying for an early snowfall this year I think.

    (We are back to strong winds, rain and very cold, so winter seems to have returned on our eastern coast in Melbourne).

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    Comment by Vicki — September 2, 2017 @ 5:28 pm

    • Yes we are dependent on the wind velocity and direction now. An area to the south of the river has been given immediate evacuation orders this afternoon.

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      Comment by montucky — September 2, 2017 @ 5:46 pm

  6. Things can change so quickly when it comes to a fire, often for the worse. Still praying for your safety!

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    Comment by de Wets Wild — September 2, 2017 @ 8:17 pm

    • Thanks! It’s worse tonight alright. It was a good thing the folks right under the fire were evacuated this afternoon.

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      Comment by montucky — September 2, 2017 @ 8:55 pm

      • It must have been a terrifying experience for them, but I’m sure they are glad to have escaped despite whatever damage their property may have suffered.

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        Comment by de Wets Wild — September 2, 2017 @ 8:57 pm

        • At the moment the fire is just above the valley level. They got out just in time!

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          Comment by montucky — September 2, 2017 @ 9:10 pm

          • Just in time is still good enough!

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            Comment by de Wets Wild — September 3, 2017 @ 9:55 am

            • This morning it looked like (from what I could see through the smoke) that the fire didn’t hit the valley floor yet there, but there’s a corner that I couldn’t see, so it’s still a good thing that they’re out of there.

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              Comment by montucky — September 3, 2017 @ 10:12 am

  7. Wow. I have no other words.

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    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — September 3, 2017 @ 11:18 am

  8. Last night, I watched four of this sort of helicopter pass by, heading northwest. I have no idea which agency they belonged to, but I’m sure they were headed to Ellington Field. There have been a lot of people here from all across the country — even from the NYFD — but I heard this morning that some of the air equipment is being released. Perhaps you’ll be getting some reinforcements now that the SAR efforts have almost completely transformed into recovery.

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    Comment by shoreacres — September 4, 2017 @ 8:29 am

    • They also might be needing them in that LA fire. Resources are very thin all over. The big fire up by Seeley Lake is over 100,000 acres this morning which is very large for a forest fire: prairie fires are usually larger.

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      Comment by montucky — September 4, 2017 @ 9:36 am

  9. Best wishes for all of you concerned. I do see that the Montana fires are now receiving more national coverage.

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    Comment by Candace — September 4, 2017 @ 4:59 pm

    • Yes, we have some of the worst now and so many of them. InciWeb shows 44 here, but there are many more than that, and these are incredibly difficult to deal with.

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      Comment by montucky — September 4, 2017 @ 6:58 pm

  10. Huge helicopter seems to be small when compared with the fire. I love these photos.

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    Comment by Sartenada — September 13, 2017 @ 1:13 am

    • It sure does. I think the work it was doing in these photos ended up helping save some homes.

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      Comment by montucky — September 13, 2017 @ 7:50 am


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