Crews Hold The Line on First Day of Red Flag Warnings
Incident: Millie Fire Wildfire
Bozeman, MT - As predicted, hotter, drier and windier conditions over the fire area today resulted in more active fire behavior. Fire crews continued constructing fireline on the north and south flanks of the fire, while mopping up and beginning fire suppression repairs on the west and southwest.
Helicopters worked in areas where the use of ground forces was unsafe; at other times assisting firefighters when needed.
The size of the fire remains at 10,205 acres, with containment at 40 percent. Even in this extremely rough terrain only one injury has been reported. The fire is currently staffed with 505 personnel including 13 crews, 5 helicopters, 10 engines, 7 dozers, 1 water tender, and miscellaneous overhead.
Tomorrow firefighters will face another challenging day with wind speeds forecast at 25 miles per hour, and gusts to 40 mph. Temperatures are expected to be near 70 degrees, with low humidity.
Stage 1 fire restrictions remain in effect outside of designated wilderness areas. Use extreme caution when using campfires and be sure the fires are dead out before leaving the area.
Motorists are reminded of increased fire traffic along U.S. Highway 191 and to use caution around the fire area this weekend.
Additional Fire Information meetings have yet to be scheduled. For more information, please call 877-405-0033 or 877-390-4323.