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Little Spar Lake Fire: 60 acres
July 27, 2006

(Troy) The Little Spar Lake Fire, a lightening-caused fire, was detected on Wednesday, July 26th, and initial attacked by Three Rivers Ranger District personnel, helitack crews and smokejumpers. It is located approximately one mile northeast of Sawtooth Mountain near Ross Creek, south of Troy. It is currently estimated at 60 acres with spotting into the South Fork of Ross Creek.

A heavy air tanker, two single engine air tankers, and two helicopters assisted initial attack crews, providing retardant and water bucket dumps.

Currently assigned to the fire are 43 personnel, including a 20-person crew from the Kootenai National Forest, 13 smokejumpers and other miscellaneous personnel from the Forest.

This fire is in a very rugged and remote area of the forest, with no access by road.

Additional personnel are on order, as well as a Type II Incident Management Team, who are scheduled to assume command of the fire this Friday, July 28.

Fire danger is rated as HIGH on the Kootenai National Forest. Stage I fire restrictions will go into effect on Monday, July 31 until further notice. Under Stage I fire restrictions the following acts are prohibited:

1) Building, maintaining, attending or using a campfire except in a developed or improved recreation site, only in the metal or concrete fire rings provided at the site. Camp stoves fueled solely by liquid petroleum or LPG fuels are allowed at any site.

2) Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or burning, a developed recreation site or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is cleared of all flammable materials.

Wildland fires should be reported to Kootenai Interagency Fire Dispatch Center (KIDC) at 406-283-7740 or, if no answer, call 911.

Related Links:
Kootenai National Forest www.fs.fed.us/r1/kootenai
Northern Rockies Coordination Center
Daily Fire Report (NIFC)
National Large Fire Map

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