09/04/2012- Daily Fire Update
Incident: Black Tail Ridge Wildfire
The Black Tail Ridge Fire started Sunday, September 2nd and is burning in the Combest Creek drainage, approximately two air miles south of Plains, Montana.
High winds Sunday fanned significant fire growth through the afternoon and evening, much of the fire being visible from Plains and the Sanders County Fairgrounds.
Rick Kusicko's Type II Northern Rockies Incident Management Team began managing the Black Tail Ridge Fire on Tuesday, September 4th at 6:00 a.m. The Incident Command Post for the fire is being established at the Sanders County Fairgrounds.
The fire is currently burning primarily along eastern aspects in the Combest Creek drainage on Montana Department of Natural Resources and Plum Creek Timber Company lands. Local crews and equipment, along with significant support from helicopters and single-engine air tankers (SEATs), have started to make great progress containing the fire.
Closures: For public safety, the Sanders County Sheriff's office has closed access to several roads in the fire area, including portions of the East and West Fork of Combest Creek Road. In addition, a Temporary Flight Restriction is also in effect surrounding the fire area.For more info on the Black Tail Ridge Fire: Please contact Information Officers, Jennifer Costich, Lisa Keibler, or John Hamilton at 208-255-2056. When the Incident Command Post is established, a local phone information line will also be available.