Minimal Fire Growth 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 10,485 acres and remains 75 percent contained.
The Millie Fire gained approximately 20 acres yesterday as the fire continued to slowly back downslope toward the containment line in the east fork of the South Cottonwood drainage. Favorable weather conditions allowed firefighters to directly attack the fire in some areas and will continue to do so today.
Some crews and other firefighters are reaching the end of their allotted assignment and will be released over the next few days. Many of these firefighters have been spiked, or camped out remotely in the immediate vicinity of the fire and deserve a much needed rest. Replacement resources are transitioning to assure firefighting efforts continue in a safe and effective manner.
Weather conditions on Saturday are expected to be similar to the past few days with warmer, dryer weather through the weekend. Smoke will linger in the lower elevations with light winds from the north over the next few days. Weather forecasters have indicated that a change to windier, higher humidity conditions may occur beginning Monday morning. This will help with dispersion of the lingering smoke.
As a reminder, for your safety:
Hyalite reservoir remains closed to all watercraft due to continued helicopter activity. Fishing and swimming is allowed along the shoreline.
The following CLOSURES also remain: Little Bear, South Cottonwood and Storm Castle drainages.
For more information, please contact the Millie Fire Information line at (406) 522-2537 and online at www.inciweb.org or search NRCG South Central Zone on Facebook.