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By Sigrid Olson
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Liberty Fire: Islands Among Ash

 

September 7, 2017

Sigrid Olson, Pathfinder

On the slopes within the Liberty Fire there are completely charred ashy sections and pockets of unburned fuel called 'islands.' This creates a mosaic of burned and unburned areas of forest. Sometimes scorched trees survive but affected trees above roadways are cut to prevent hazards where the trees could fall and block the roads or injure someone.

POTOMAC - On the morning of July 15, lightning struck near Liberty Creek, southeast of Arlee, Mont. and caused a wildfire which spread toward Placid Lake, the Rattlesnake Wilderness and the Gold Creek drainage on the north side of Potomac. The fire is west of the Belmont and north of Morrison Peak and Sunflower.

As of Sept. 5, the Liberty Fire was 22,360 acres and was 17 percent contained. There were more than 375 personnel working it.

On the Liberty Fire, safety and containment are the goals. It takes a lot of moving parts to try and contain a fire, said Norm Rooker, fireline medic and pub...



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