Posted: Jul 29, 2013 9:30 PM by Katy Harris - MTN News
Updated: Jul 30, 2013 1:27 PM
Moose Lake residents have a fire advancing toward them as an aerial assault tries to slow the fire.
The Moose Meadows Fire has crossed over a south-facing ridge next to Moose Lake.
On Sunday the fire grew because of dry, windy conditions.
On Monday air crews executed an aerial attack on the south line of the fire where flames could be seen coming over the ridge.
Airplanes dropped fire retardant on the south border to prevent it from moving further down the slope.
Crews that are working the fire line are being supported with helicopter water drops.
"More air resources are coming in," said Helibase manager, Tony Randall. "We're looking at at least two more helicopters. It would be a Type 3, a small helicopter and a medium helicopter. We have a large helicopter that's been on order for about 4 days. Unfortunately with our fire taking a secondary priority to a larger fire in the state they're taking that priority and moving that Type 1 helicopter over there."
Meanwhile, ground crews are trying to protect Moose Lake properties.
"The idea is just to set up a perimeter kind of around the structures to get a wet area to keep the embers, the firebrands, you know from landing in the dry grass and starting new spot fires," said Justin Anderson, a structure group trainee.
Five hot shot crews were also on order to the Moose Meadows Fire but were also moved to the Firestone Flats Fire near Arlee.