Posted: Jul 30, 2013 4:34 PM by Katy Harris
Updated: Jul 30, 2013 5:38 PM
PHILIPSBURG - Fire crews are starting to make headway on the Moose Meadows Fire located 18 miles southwest of Philipsburg.
On Tuesday, the fire was 5% contained. There was no containment previously.
The lightning caused fire has burned 3,000 acres.
Over half a million gallons of water has been used to fight the fire.
Helicopters are scooping water from Whetstone, Kaiser, Little Fish and Green Canyon lakes.
Helicopters and airplanes are being used as the primary source of attacking the fire because of the rough terrain.
"We do have these areas that are inaccessible for the most part. With this particular fire, we've been in this region a number of times over the last five years and we've seen the same type of fire behavior and the same problems with inaccessibility," Helibase Manager Tony Randall said. "One of the things we're seeing here is that this fire is actually burning in a green area in between a number of old fire burns so it's kind of one of the last spots to really get burnt in there."
There are 480 firefighters on staff with 11 crews.
Seven fire engines are on site and five helicopters are being used.