Final Daily Update From The Delphia, Heintz I MT
Incident: Delphia Wildfire
Incident Management Team
DAILY INFORMATION FACT SHEET
This will be the last Daily Update from the Delphia Fire
Date: August 31, 2012 Time: 8:00 a.m.
Incident: Delphia Wildland Fire Information Phone: 406-323-8003
Location: Delphia Fire is 16 miles east of Roundup, MT, south of Highway 12.
Approximate Size: 40,653 acres Containment : 95%
Incident Commander: Tom Heintz, Northern Rockies Type-II Incident Management Team
Hand Crews: (2) Type II crews;Engines: 35; Water Tenders: 10; Dozers: 4
Air Support: (1) Type 3 helicopter Total personnel: 262
Injuries: None Cost to Date: $2,167,000
Fire Update: The Delphia fire had no growth and little activity on Thursday. Crews continued patrolling and mopup around the fire's edge. Areas requiring rehabilitation are being assessed. A total of 21 outbuildings and non-residence structures were destroyed since the fire started.
Because of fire activity in other parts of the state, resources are being reassigned. Adequate resources are staying at the Delphia fire to continue meeting incident objectives and to be available if any section of the fire becomes active or there is a need for initial attack on new fire starts.
The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for all of south central and southeastern Montana, parts of northwest South Dakota, and parts of north central Wyoming from noon Friday through Saturday 9 p.m. for low humidity, warm temperatures, and increasing thunderstorm activity. Initially, thunderstorms will be dry, but may have some moisture Friday evening and Saturday. Wind gusts of 20 mph from the south southwest may occur. Delphia fire personnel will respond to initial attack needs in the vicinity of the fire and upon request farther from the fire. Temperatures will return to the low 90's on Friday and Saturday. Winds will be from the southwest at 5 to 15 mph.
An infrared flight took place overnight. Remaining heat will be identified and extinguished. Crews will continue to work with landowners to rehabilitate interior fire lines. This will be the last operational shift for helicopters assigned to this fire. They will fly representatives of NRCS over the fire area to assist that agency with burn severity mapping. Our communication system will be recovered today as well and remaining fire resources will return to their normal frequencies.
Heintz's Type II Incident Management Team will return control of fire operations on the Delphia fire to DNRC Southern Land Office at 6:00 a.m. on Saturday. A Type 3 organization will remain on the fire to continue mopup and rehabilitation.
Special Concerns: New fire starts! Attention: Stage 2 Fire Restrictions remain in effect for this area. Information on fire restrictions can be found at http://firerestrictions.us/mt/.