19 Mile Fire Update 0906 7 AM
Incident: 19 Mile Wildfire
THIS IS THE LAST DAILY UPDATE FOR THE 19 MILE FIRE
Issue date: September 6, 2012 Start Date: August 28, 2012
Location: 10 miles south east of Butte, MT
Current Size: 4083 acres Containment: 92%
Resources Assigned: Many resources and the helicopter will be released on Thursday. The Type 3 team will keep 10 engines, 2 water tenders, and 2-twenty person crews for a total of 80 personnel.
Current Status: Full containment of the fire perimeter is expected by the end of shift on Thursday, September 6. More of the fire area is in patrol status as fire fighters find fewer smokes. Some work remains in the northwest corner in rugged terrain but crews aggressively mopped up and the area was looking better by Thursday. An infra-red flight was used Thursday morning to help fire fighters identify hot spots. Night operations is no longer needed.
Planned Actions: Stan Benes' Team will transfer management of the fire to a Type 3 Incident Management Team led by Mike Woods, Incident Commander. The transition is effective at 6 a.m. on Friday, September 7. Patrolling and mopup of hotspots along the perimeter and around structures will continue with the Type 3 Team.
Weather: A dry cold front is expected to pass through the area around mid-day Thursday bringing winds from the north-northeast and increasing clouds. Highs are expected only in the 50-60 degree range and 20-30% humidity. Cooler temperatures with a chance of frost are possible Thursday night. The long range forecast calls for high pressure rebuilding early next week bringing a slight chance of thunderstorms.
Remarks: Information boards with post-fire materials were established at Highway 2 and Toll Mtn., Rader Creek, and Cold Springs Roads.
Closures: BLM has closed OHV trail/connector routes #24, 25, 26 from Whiskey Gulch Trailhead to a point just north of I-90, located T2N R6W, sections 23-26 and 35. The Forest Service has closed Rader Creek/Moose Creek Road #240 from Homestake Pass T2N R7W, Section 13 to Highway 2, T1N R6W Section 16.
Cooperating Agencies: Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, Butte BLM, Jefferson County, local and rural volunteer fire departments, MT DNRC.
The fire is listed on Inciweb: www.inciweb.org