Efforts Continue on The Millie Fire
Incident: Millie Fire Wildfire
Bozeman, MT - The Millie Fire burning about 20 miles south of Bozeman, MT on the Gallatin National Forest was estimated to be 9,500 acres last night with 0 percent containment. The fire resulted from recent lightning and was discovered on the afternoon of August 28th.
As the fire became established in the Storm Castle Creek drainage management of the firefighting transitioned from the initial attack phase to a Type 2 Team from the Great Basin. The new Team assumed administration at 6:00a.m. this morning.
Today's efforts will focus on building direct line and mopup in the Blanchard Ranch inholding area. On the north-northwest portion efforts will focus on using existing roads and dozer work to keep the fire from advancing into the Smith Creek drainage.
Fire managers will also be making plans and scouting line building in the Cottonwood and Hyalite drainages today.
Additional resources, handcrews and air assets are on order and will be put to work as they become available.
An Informational Meeting was held last night at the Hope Lutheran Church, 2152 W. Graf St. in Bozeman. Over 220 people attended with an opportunity to hear the most current fire information and look at maps. Another Informational Meeting is planned for 6:00p.m. this evening at the same location.
The public is reminded that there will be an increase in fire traffic on roads in the area and as the holiday weekend approaches to use caution when driving.