Millie Fire Update August 30 Am
Incident: Millie Fire Wildfire
August 30, 1000 AM
Community Meeting Thursday Night 6:00PM Venue to be announced
Start date: August 28, 2012
Bozeman R.D: 24 hour hotline 406-522-2534
Location: 20 miles south/southwest of Bozeman, MT in Storm Castle Creek drainage on the Gallatin National Forest, Bozeman Ranger District. The fire is burning about three miles east of Rat Lake near the Blanchard inholding (west) to Mt Bole (east).
Current Size: Approximately 10,000 acres
New Information: The fire made a large run to the north and east late afternoon on August 29th. It is estimated that the fire has moved NW to Telephone Ridge , along Stormcastle Divide Trail #417, to Timber Butte, Alex Lowe Peak, Mt. Bole, and the upper reaches of the South Cottonwood drainage.
Resources Assigned: 2 - 20 person crews, 7 engines, 6 smokejumpers, 1 helicopter , and 2 fixed wing airplanes on scene. Additional personnel and resources are ordered and will be arriving through the next few days. A Type II Incident Management team arrived last night and will be taking command of the fire on Friday morning.
The Following are Closed at the Forest Boundary:
· Leverich Canyon
· Hyalite Canyon (Including all cabins and campgrounds)
· South Cottonwood Canyon (Including Fox Creek Cabin)
· Little Bear Road (Including Little Bear Cabin)
The Following are also Closed:
· Storm Castle Road at the Shenango Bridge (Includes Spire Rock Campground and Garnet Mtn. Lookout)
· Swan Creek Road above the Swan Creek Campground
· Moose Creek Road above the Tamphrey Road split
The Following areas are currently open:
· Recreation Residences and river access points along Hwy 191. Residences have not been evacuated.
· Bozeman Creek Trail including Mystic Lake Cabin
Structures Threatened: Blanchard Inholding in Storm Castle Creek. No other private structures known to be threatened at this time.
Previous Information: The Millie Fire started at approximately 1:05 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon and is burning in heavy dead and down fuels, mixed conifer and sub-alpine fir. Firefighters continue to work on securing an anchor point along the fire's perimeter. The Millie Fire burned actively along all perimeters into Wednesday evening and is expected to grow further today.
Media Contact: 406-570-5526 and 579-3732