Transfer of Command Will Occur Today on The Millie Fire
Incident: Millie Fire Wildfire
Bozeman, MT... A transfer of command from the Great Basin Incident Management Team # 4 (Kidd) back to a local Forest Type III Team will occur tonight at 8:00 p.m. The local team will "shadow" the Type II team throughout the day and get familiar with current suppression objectives and tactics. The new Incident Command Post will be at the Bozeman KOA Campground on U.S. 191.
Crews continue to make excellent progress on the fire, which is now 75 percent contained at 10,185 acres. Helicopters remain to support ground resources with constant water drops on problematic areas of the fire. The remainder of the suppression resources will be concluding rehabilitating efforts on both dozer and hand line in the northwest and southern perimeters of the fire.
More than 300 people will continue to work on the fire today, including three helicopters, six crews, 10 engines, three dozers and miscellaneous support personnel. Toward the end of the day, unneeded resources will be demobilizing and getting ready to return to their home units.
A "local" red flag warning has been issued, effective this afternoon through Saturday for low relative humidity and dry, unstable atmosphere over the fire area.
The Gallatin National Forest has announced that the Hyalite Canyon, Swan Creek Trail and Moose Creek Road will open to the public on Saturday, September 15 at 6:00 a.m. The South Cottonwood, Little Bear and Storm Castle areas will remain closed at this time to ensure firefighter and public safety while suppression and rehabilitation efforts continue.
Daily Fire Updates will be reduced to one each day, starting this morning.
For more information, please contact the Millie Fire Information line at (406) 522-2537. Information about the BAER assessments, once available, can also be accessed under the Millie Fire at http://www.inciweb.org/.