Posted: Jul 30, 2013 9:06 PM by Meteorologist Mike Heard
Updated: Jul 30, 2013 9:08 PM
PHILIPSBURG - The Moose Meadow Fire 18 miles SW of Philipsburg - in Granite County is now at 10% containment and has burned up to 3,000 acres. Today's cooler temperatures and considerable cloud cover greatly aided fire crews. Aircraft water and retardant drops continued as well and helicopters are working closely to keep the fire west of forest service roads 5106 and 80 as well as east of road 5107.
The weather forecast for Wednesday should bring increasing clouds and thunderstorms which could increase fire growth as wind gusts to 45 mph and numerous lightning strikes are possible. However, rainfall Thursday into Friday should help slow the fire down.
Fire crews will continue fireline construction along the NW and SW flanks and aircraft will continue their aerial assault.
Evacuation order issued on July 28th by Granite County Sheriff is still in effect. The evacuation order affects the Middle Fork Road, south of the junction with forest service road 5130. An evacuation shelter has been established at Granite High school in Philipsburg.