Fawn Creek fire in mop-up,
Watch for Stage II alert


August 30, 2001
Seeley Swan Pathfinder
Seeley Lake, Montana

Dave Guyer, DNRC Incident Commander for mop-up on the Lower Fawn Creek Fire said that the mop-up crew will remain on the fire until they are comfortable that the fire is out and poses no threat. It will remain on patrol after the crew is pulled. The final acreage on that fire remains at 185.

On Monday, a dozen smokes were found and put out; there were no flames found. There were two minor injuries during this firea slight head injury and a snake bite.

Alan Branine, the Fire Supervisor for DNRC Swan Unit said the Sunset Peak fire is contained at 30 acres and a crew is working the mop-up stage. He said mop-up will probably continue through Friday, and then that fire will also be put on patrol.

It is very likely that Friday at 12:01 a.m., Stage II restrictions (formerly called "Levels") will go into effect. Make sure to check with local agencies or news releases to find out if that order was signed and Stage II has been put into effect.

Stage II restrictions are as follows:

1. Building, maintaining, attending or using a campfire is prohibited.

2. Smoking is prohibited except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site or while stopped in an area at least 3 feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.

3. Mandatory Hoot Owl: The following acts are prohibited from 1 p.m. to 1 a.m.:

a. Operating a chainsaw or other equipment powered by an internal combustion engine felling, bucking, skidding, road building and woodcutting during industrial operations or fire wood gathering.

b. Blasting, welding, or other activities that generate flame or flammable material.

(a patrol is required for one hour following cessation of all work as described in "a" and "b")

1. Operating motorized vehicles off designated roads and trails is prohibited.

Exemptions for Stage II:

1. Persons with a written permit that specifically authorizes the otherwise prohibited act.

2. Persons using a fire fueled solely by liquid petroleum or LPG fuels.

3. Persons conducting activities in those designated areas where the activity is specifically authorized by written posted notice.

4. Any Federal, State, or local officer, or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty.

The Swan Unit DNRC area went to Stage II last week.

The Seeley Lake Ranger District, Clearwater DNRC, and Seeley Fire Department would like to extend a big thank you to the Seeley Lake community for all of the assistance they received during the two fires.