Todays Weather Provides Opportunity for Continued Progress
Incident: Millie Fire Wildfire
Bozeman, MT - The Millie Fire, twenty miles south of Bozeman, is 10,196 acres and is now 25 percent contained. Extremely rough terrain makes work slow, but today's forecast promises conditions conducive to building on yesterday's accomplishments.
Skies will be partly cloudy with 4-6 mph wind on ridge tops, relative humidity of about 30%, and temperature approaching 60 degrees. These conditions are likely to subdue fire intensity, allowing firefighters to work directly on the fire edge in most places.
On the west side of the fire, crews will be cooling off heat along the line. On the north side, crews will move east with hose lays to douse heat and build containment line toward the upper end of South Cottonwood Creek. Crews will mop up along the containment line on the south flank, moving east, and build additional line toward the extreme east end of the fire.
Reconnaissance and planning for contingency line location in Hyalite Canyon and in Cottonwood Canyon continue.
Helicopters will be dropping water to slow fire progression throughout the day as conditions allow. They will also provide reconnaissance and equipment supply support.
Crews camping on the north end of the fire remain alert for the presence of large predators, as the frequency of bear sightings increases.
Today there are 14 crews, 20 engines, four helicopters, eight dozers and four water tenders working on the fire. A total of 540 personnel are assigned to the incident.
A Fire Information meeting will be conducted tonight at Hope Lutheran Church, 2152 W. Graf St., in Bozeman.
Forest closures remain in effect to provide public and firefighter safety. Motorists are reminded to be vigilant for fire traffic along U. S. Highway 191 and throughout the general vicinity of the fire.