Ash Creek Fire Update, 7/3/12 at 11:30 PM
Incident: Ash Creek Complex Wildfire
Ash Creek Fire
Fire Activity Update
Date: July 3, 2012
Time: 11:00 p.m.
Fire crews assigned to this fire and local volunteer firefighters had a very busy day today, and tonight with two fire fronts from the Ash Creek Fire. These fronts are located on the northeast portion of the fire perimeter and on the southeast portion. This fire is again responding to predicted weather conditions and making significant runs. Fire behavior was considered extreme, a result of weather conditions and very dry fuels within the Custer National Forest-Ashland Ranger District and private lands. Smoke plumes were visible to most surrounding communities and homeowners along Highway 212 between Ashland and Broadus, crossing the highway again at one point. Highway 212 remains closed until further notice to public travel due to the fire itself and fire traffic working along this stretch of highway.
The southeast perimeter of the fire near Camps Pass, west of Broadus, had significant fire activity with winds at 20-30 mph throwing ambers north of Highway 212. Winds were out of the south/southwest. Crews and fire equipment in the form of engines and dozers were fully engaged and remain as such until the night shift takes over for the evening shift.
In addition, the northeast corner of this fire also had extreme fire behavior activity today, also assisted by strong winds from the north/northeast. This portion of the fire has crossed out of the northern portion of the Custer National Forest and on to private and Bureau of Land Management land, just north of Stacey Creek. The fire is reported to have crossed into Custer County.
Public Meetings Scheduled for Ashland and Broadus
Public meetings are scheduled at the St. Labre auditorium, at 3 p.m. All community members are welcome to attend to get the latest update on fire operations, fire behavior and weather forecasts.
A public meeting is conducted by the community of Broadus each evening at the Seabeck Theater at
7 p.m. in Broadus. Community members are welcome to attend to get the latest update on fire operations, fire behavior and weather forecasts. Powder River County officials will also be there to share community potential notices and procedures.
For more information about the meetings or fire updates visit Inciweb at http://www.inciweb.org/, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call fire information staff, at 406-748-3061. The Fire Information office is available from 7am to 10pm, daily.