August 5, 2013 The Area Closure and Forest Service Trail Closures for the Gold Creek Fire have been rescinded
July 29, 2013 Update
This will be the last Gold Creek Fire update unless fire conditions require.
Start date: Identified July 15 Contact: Roger Peterson
Phone: 406-396-9216 Email: email@example.com
Location: 16 miles northeast of Missoula, MT.
Current Size: Approximately 171 acres Containment: 98%
Resources Assigned: 2 Type II handcrews, 1 Wildland Fire Module, 1 Helicopter. Total personnel assigned are 59.
Transition: Crews will patrol through the end of the shift today.
Closures: Gold Creek Area Closure – Gold Creek Trailhead and West Fork Gold Creek Trailhead will be closed. The area closure extends to all areas west of Gold Creek Road, north of Trail #52 (Primm Lake Trail) and east of the Main Rattlesnake Recreation Corridor. Trail #504 (Porcupine Ridge Trail) is closed. Trail #52 and trails south of the Rattlesnake vicinity are open. The closure also borders Trail #515 accessing the headwaters of Rattlesnake Creek. Trail #515 is open. Closure map located on InciWeb.
Forest Road #126 will remain closed at Cow Creek Gate (approx. 7 miles in). The West Fork of Gold Creek Trailhead (Rd #4323) at the junction of Rd #4323 and Rd #2103 is currently closed. This is approx. 6 miles to West Fork of Gold Creek Trailhead.
Current Status: Crews continued mop-up, searching the green, and gridding all areas of the fire.
Planned Actions: Crews will continue to patrol and mop-up all flanks of the fire searching for hot spots, digging up the burning material using water where necessary, and extinguishing embers. Patrols will continue in all divisions. A Type 3 camp has been established at Drop Point 1.
Weather: Today will be warm and dry day with temperatures forecast in the low to mid-80’s and relative humidity between 17-37%. Be alert to possible scattered thunderstorm cells in the afternoon. The chance of thunder storms will increase by midweek.
Stage I fire restrictions will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, August 1, in West-Central Montana. Stage I fire restrictions apply to campfires and smoking. For additional information please contact the Lolo National Forest at 406-329-3750 or online at: www.usda.gov/lolo/
Fuel moisture content is very low creating Extreme fire danger across Missoula County. For more information visit: http://mcfpa.org/fire_danger.htm. Any moisture we receive later this week will most likely have minimal impact on these conditions.
Cooperating Agencies: Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, Montana DNRC, Lolo National Forest
|Date of Origin||Monday July 15th, 2013 approx. 05:30 PM|
|Location||16 miles northeast of Missoula|
|Incident Commander||Nathan Shinkle|
Closed timber litter, heavy downed wood component, subalpine fir, lodgepole, and spruce.
Creeping and smoldering.
South half of fire in patrol status. Significant progress made mopping up and gridding for hot spots in north half of fire.
Continue patrolling fire and gridding for hotspots.
Transfer of command to Type 3 organization will occurred at 0600 hrs on Thursday 7/25.
|Wind Conditions||17 mph SW|