Posted: Jul 28, 2013 7:59 AM by MTN News
Updated: Jul 28, 2013 8:00 AM
PHILIPSBURG - The Moose Meadow fire burning 18 miles southwest of Philipsburg has now grown to 1,400 acres.
There 250 personnel assigned to the blaze as well as a Northern Rockies Type II Incident Management Team, which took over running the fire on Saturday.
Fire managers say crews took advantage of cooler temperatures during the morning and directly attacked the fire on the western edge near Whetstone Ridge.
Field observers reported that the fire is continuing to burn in heavy beetle killed timber that is predominantly lodgepole with some subalpine fir.
Live embers blew ahead of the fire Saturday, creating new starts, even as more firefighters have been ordered to respond to changing conditions.
No evacuations are in place at this time, but several trails are closed and only residents are able to access the granite county road commonly known as the Middle Fork Road.
(photo courtesy inciweb.org)