RONAN – Tribal fire officials report that the Moss Ranch Fire burning in Lake County is now burning 450 acres.
The lightning-caused blaze is 10 percent contained as it burns 14 miles southwest of Ronan on the Flathead Indian Reservation.
It is being managed by a local Type 3 Incident Management Team and there are 160 personnel assigned to the incident, according to the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribe’s Division of Fire
The blaze is burning in grass and timber along a steep, rocky, rugged terrain. No structures or other infrastructure are threatened at this time and there are no evacuation notices.
Fire managers report that because of dry fuel conditions, rugged and steep terrain — and expected warmer weather — a large burnout operation was planned for Friday morning.
The Nenemay Road and FB-4000 Road are closed to the public due to the blaze.