Posted: Jul 23, 2013 8:58 AM by MTN News
SUPERIOR - Fire crews are continuing to make progress battling the West Mullan Fire near Superior. Fire officials report the blaze has burned nearly 6,100 acres, but containment has grown to 45%.
Firefighters spent Monday working to improve the fire line on the west and northwest flanks of the fire in the Keystone Creek area, as well as near the Bonneville Power Administration power line.
Incident commander Tom Heintz said crews also worked near Wood Gulch, performing burnout operations to remove unburned fuel in steep and difficult terrain.
Helicopters were once used to drop water and retardant to keep the spread of fire to a minimum, action that will continue on Tuesday.
There are still some closures and evacuation orders in place. West Mullan Road is closed to the public west of Sunflower Lane while Flat Creek Road is closed outside the Superior city limits. The Big Eddy Fishing Access Site, Keystone Gulch and Pardee Road remain closed.
The Clark Fork River remains closed to the public from Big Eddy Fishing access to Sloway Campground. Vista Trail north of Superior is closed to public access.
Meanwhile, officials are working to come up with a plan that would allow evacuees to return to their properties.
There are over 900 people assigned to West Mullan Fire, which has cost an estimated $6.5 million to fight.