Pony Fire Daily Update July 7
Incident: Pony Fire Wildfire
Current Size: 5,157 acres (change in size due to better mapping) Containment: 75%
Structures Threatened: 80 residences including the Indiana University Field Station
Structures Lost: 2 residences; 5 outbuildings, including 1 bridge.
Status: The fire is burning in timber/grass fuels in the Tobacco Root Mountains. Steep, inaccessible terrain and a high snag density continue to hamper fire containment efforts on the west side of the fire area. The north, east, and south perimeters of the fire have cooled with little fire activity occurring. Crews will continue to patrol and monitor these portions of the fire perimeter. Rehabilitation of these hand and dozer lines has begun. All planned burnout operations were completed on July 6, 2012.
Residents in the Mammoth and South Boulder River area, south of the Indiana University Field Station, are still evacuated.
Yesterday's Activities: Firefighters completed the last planned burnout along the South Boulder River road. This action was intended to strengthen the control lines between the fire and the Mammoth community and the residences along the South Boulder River road.
Current Resources: Six 20-person crews, thirteen engines, two water tenders and six helicopters. Total personnel: 297.
Today's Activities: It may take a few days to secure the containment line on the west flank due to safety and inaccessibility issues where rolling rocks and snags are a hazard near the perimeter. Crews will continue building and securing containment lines where it is safe.
The Madison County Commissioners & Sheriff and Kusicko's IMT members will host a community meeting tonight, July 7, from 6-8 p.m. at the Masonic Hall in Pony, MT.
Restrictions/Closures: The closure order issued by the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest prohibiting use of National Forest System roads and trails that access the Pony Fire area is still in effect. Refer to the closure order posted on www.inciweb.org for detailed information. In addition, a temporary flight restriction (TFR) is in effect surrounding the Pony Fire area.
On June 29, 2012, the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest implemented Stage 1 fire restrictions due to high fire danger and ongoing fire activity. The prohibitions relate to campfires and smoking on National Forest System lands in the area. However, the Pintler and Wisdom Ranger Districts along with the Lee Metcalf and Anaconda Pintler Wilderness areas are exempt from this order. View details at: http://fs.usda.gov/goto/bdnf/news
Special Announcements: Madison County Crimestoppers is requesting information regarding the cause of the Pony Fire. Please call 1-877-662-7631 (1-877-NOCRME1), you may remain anonymous and qualify for a reward.