August 5, 2013 Update
The West Mullan Fire is now 100 percent contained. Interior burning, however, is expected to continue. Visible smoke and occasional flames should be expected as unburned pockets of fuel ignite. Future fire updates will be issued only if conditions change. For current Area Closure information please contact the Superior Ranger District at (406) 822-4233.
July 27, 2013 Update
Firefighters continue to search for hotspots within 150 feet of the fireline and extinguish them as needed. Rehabilitation of suppression firelines is being done. Fire managers worked closely with local landowners to determine specific needs on their property for rehabilitation of any fireline work that was done during fire suppression efforts. Crews are working toward completing the rehabilitation of these specific areas.
The orderly release of crews and equipment which are no longer required for the West Mullan Fire continues as the Type 3 team takes over . There are still engines, dozers, water tenders and crews left to continue the mop-up, patrol and rehabilitation on the fire.
Unburned green islands within the fire’s perimeter may burn and could create some flames and smoke for the next several weeks. These small areas have been dried out by the passing fire and surrounding burned area, and can readily ignite by a spark or smoldering vegetation next to the unburned island. Due to the expected increase in winds today there is potential for smoldering stumps and logs to create some additional smoke.
The West Mullan Fire will be turned over to a local Type 3 team at 6pm Sunday July 28, 2013. Mop-up operations will continue and the fire will be monitored for any changes after this transition.
National Forest area closures remain in effect. Keystone, Pardee and Flat Creek roads remain closed to the general public, but are open to residents. Clark Fork River closure has been lifted for recreational use. Forest trail closures have been lifted.
Local areas have now moved into Extreme fire danger and the public is reminded that Stage I restrictions will be in effect August 1. Stage I fire restrictions apply to campfires and smoking. For more information regarding fire restrictions please visit www.firerestrictions.us.
The Northern Rockies Heintz IMT thanks the town of Superior and surrounding communities for their cooperation and support during the incident. Information on the fire will come from the Lolo National Forest with the transition.
|Date of Origin||Sunday July 14th, 2013 approx. 04:57 PM|
|Location||Approximately 4 miles west of Superior, MT|
|Incident Commander||Tom Heintz|
10 Timber (litter and understory) and FM 2
Scattered smokes that are difficult to find.
The Forest Service area closure for the fire remains in effect, with local residents of Keystone, Pardee and Flat Creeks allowed access to their homes.
Day shift operations tomorrow will continue to patrol and mop-up. Rehabilitation of firelines continues.
Transfer of command occurs today from IC2 Heintz to IC3 Barger. The final acres within the fire perimeter by ownership is as follows: Plum Creek, 1,534 acres; State of Montana, 1,233 acres; Private land, 714 acres; and Forest Service, 2,801 acres.
|Wind Conditions||15 max. mph NW|