Progress Continues on The Millie Fire
Incident: Millie Fire Wildfire
Bozeman, MT... The Millie Fire, burning on the Gallatin National Forest twenty miles south of Bozeman, is 10,425 acres and remains at 75 percent contained. There are approximately 100 personal on the fire with a majority stationed at the remote camp.
Ground resources continued to make tremendous progress with suppression activities yesterday in very rough and rocky terrain. A handline is being constructed along the knife ridge above South Cottonwood and crews will be working to secure that area more with a pumps and hose. An air tanker pre-treated that same area with retardant to assist suppression activities and help hold the line.
Crews continue to patrol for any lingering hot spots and rehabilitate both dozer and handline on the west and southern portions of the fire. A cantankerous spot remains in the southeast section of the fire (within the fire perimeter) and resources will be working to extinguish that today.
The Millie Fire Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team has finished their analysis of the many roads, trails, culverts, soils and streams that were impacted during the incident. This process consists of many phases and steps, but there is a very experienced group at the Gallatin National Forest that will be working together to accomplish all of the goals and objectives.
The Millie Fire Area Closure remains in effect for the Storm Castle, Little Bear, and South Cottonwood areas. Hyalite Reservoir remains closed to watercraft while it is used as a dip site for helicopters working on the Millie Fire. For more information, please contact the Millie Fire Information line at (406) 522-2537 and online at http://www.inciweb.org/ or search NRCG South Central Zone on Facebook.