Morning Update From Eagle Creek
Incident: Eagle Creek Wildfire
Incident Management Team
DAILY INFORMATION FACT SHEET
Incident: Eagle Creek Wildland Fire Information Phone: 406-477-7143
Phone normally staffed 0700-10:00pm
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: 4,150 acres Containment : 75%
Incident Commander: Tom Heintz, Northern Rockies Type-II Incident Management Team
Hand Crews: (1) Type II crew; Engines: 20
Air Support: (1) Type 3 helicopters Bulldozers: 2 Total personnel: 144
Injuries: None Cost to Date: $529,000
Fire Update: The unfamiliar sound of rain on the tent was heard last night, although briefly, at the Incident Command Post location south of Lame Deer. The light shower was one of a few to move through the area last night. We expect the morning to be mostly sunny with possible isolated rain showers. Then a repeat of yesterdays forecast for isolated showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Our maximum temperature will be 80 degrees today, with a trend toward cooling, and a minimum humidity of 25-30%, which is a trend toward a wetter atmosphere. Wind is expected to be northwest initially and shifting to the east in the afternoon at 5-10 mph.
The focus for the operations on this fire is turning heavily toward the rehabilitation of the suppression lines that were put in during initial attack and in the extended attack as the fire grew. Identification culturally sensitive areas is a part of that effort, and one of our Division Supervisors has been assigned to work with the Northern Cheyenne Tribal cultural advisors to get that process completed.
Local, contracted, state, tribal and federal firefighters all work together to keep the public safe and natural and cultural resources protected. Pooling our strengths, resources and experience improves our effectiveness and keeps costs down. The successful parts of that process are the ability to get additional assistance when needed, and rapidly reverse that process when necessary. The demobilization of resources no longer needed for suppression will be continuing today. Resources needed on other fires will be made available by their release from this fire.
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/. Call 406-477-8264 or 406-477-8267 for inquiries on restrictions and closures for the Northern Cheyenne Reservation land.