Update From The Eagle Creek Fire
Incident: Eagle Creek Wildfire
Incident Management Team
DAILY INFORMATION FACT SHEET
Date: September 25, 2012 Time: 12:00 p.m.
Incident: Eagle Creek Wildland Fire Information Phone: To be developed
Information Officer: Pat McKelvey
Location: Eagle Creek Fire is located in Black Eagle Creek Drainage approximately 11 miles South of Lame Deer, Montana.
Approximate Size: 4,200 acres Containment : 0%
Incident Commander: Tom Heintz, Northern Rockies Type-II Incident Management Team
Hand Crews: (1) Type II crew; Engines: 20
Air Support: (2) Type 3 helicopters Total personnel: 120
Fire Update: A Northern Rockies Incident Management Team assumed management of the Eagle Creek Fire at 6:00 am on September 25, 2012. Tom Heintz is the Incident Commander. This team is operating on a plan to address the possible fire behavior in the near term with recognition of the longer future that could be the reality with this fire. Local fire and law enforcement authorities are working with the team in that effort. Today the newly assigned resources will continue to expand the hasty line in already place, begin to mop up where the fire has been stopped, and assist on the areas where needed to construct new suppression lines. Initial attack suppression forces efforts kept the fire manageable and due to favorable weather and terrain conditions much of the fire has a hasty suppression line around it.
The resources brought to this fire by the Incident management team are available to assist with any required initial attack should new fires be detected.
The Energy Release Components are at historically high levels, and the fuel moistures remain at historic lows on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation. Even when compared to the 2000 fire season, by this time of the year those fire indices had begun to moderate. A long dry spell or drought conditions only intensify a wildfire's behavior and threat and those conditions remain for the foreseeable future.
Winds today will be light in the morning becoming easterly at 5-15 mph in the afternoon. High temperatures on the fire today are forecast to be 68-73 degrees; with humidity at 21-26 percent. It is expected to be cooler with increased humidity into Wednesday, if that trend holds as forecast.
An information telephone line has not yet been established at the Incident Command Post. When that is available the number will be published.
Special Concerns: New fire starts!
Attention: Stage 1 Fire Restrictions remain in effect for this area. Information on fire restrictions can be found at http://firerestrictions.us/mt/.
Notice to Airman, a Temporary Flight Restriction is in place over the Eagle Creek Fire and surrounding area.