Pine Creek Fire Evening Update 9/13/2012
Incident: Pine Creek Fire Wildfire
Update: September 13, 2012 @ 9 p.m.
Contact: Fire Information: 406-823-6079
Karen Tuscano 406-223-2028
FIRE NAME: Pine Creek
DATE OF DETECTION: August 29, 2012
CAUSE: Human (under investigation)
CURRENT SIZE: 8,509 acres
LOCATION: Pine Creek on the east side of Paradise Valley
AGENCY: Park County, Gallatin National Forest
IMT: Type III Incident Management Team, Greg Juvan, IC
This is the last planned evening update. It will resume if fire conditions change. The other daily updates will continue.
A community information meeting for the Pine Creek Fire is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 15, 2012, at the Pine Creek Methodist Church.
TODAY'S ACTIVITY: Firefighters that were working in the Davis Creek area hiked out of the mountains this afternoon. They did not find any hot spots today in that basin. Down in the lower terrain, firefighters continued putting out hot spots in the more accessible locations within the fire's perimeter. Fire activity was minimal throughout the day.
TOMORROW'S WEATHER AND PLANNED ACTIVITY: Warm and very dry conditions are predicted for the fire area tomorrow, with only light winds. The high could reach 85 degrees, with a minimum relative humidity of 4%. Winds will be out of the southwest at 5-10 mph.
Helicopters will be available if they are needed to drop water on any fire activity that picks up with the warm and dry weather that is predicted. Crews and engine personnel will continue mopping up any heat they can safely access.
PERSONNEL AND RESOURCES ON THE FIRE: : There are approximately 100 personnel assigned, including 2 crews, 6 engines, 3 water tenders and 2 helicopters.
SPECIAL MESSAGES & OTHER INFORMATION: Fuels in the area are extremely dry and receptive to burning. People who are interested in viewing the fire are encouraged to use Mallard's Rest fishing access site on Highway 89, and refrain from stopping on East River Road. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks will send out a notice when the Loch Leven Fishing Access Site reopens.
A manned roll off station has been set up just north of the Pine Creek Cafe on East River Road. The use of the boxes is free of charge to the people in the area cleaning up rubble on their property from the Pine Creek Fire. All food items must be taken to the Divide Road green boxes. One roll off will be for metal, wood, and appliances. Another box will be for items that can blow away, and they will need to be bagged before thrown onto the roll off. This location will be open 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. until further notice.
All pre-evacuation notices associated with the Pine Creek Fire have been lifted. The fire will continue to burn until it receives significant moisture, but fire and Park County officials feel that the risk of the fire impacting residents has decreased. People should expect to see smoke coming from the fire area for the next few weeks.
People are urged to travel slowly and cautiously with the increased fire traffic during the early morning and early evening hours, and school buses on the roads. Be sure to obey all traffic signs and drive defensively.
Residents should be aware that helicopters could still be flying overhead, as they are assisting firefighters on the ground.
Roads restricted to residents only include Deep Creek Road and Luccock Park Road.
The area closure on the Gallatin National Forest is still in effect, including the Pine Creek Campground and Trailhead.
A temporary flight restriction (TFR) is in place over the fire area in order to safeguard aerial fire operations.
A Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team has begun assessing rehabilitation efforts on private land.
For further information, go to www.inciweb.org.
Visit the Park County DES website at www.parkcounty.org