Fire Update, May 17 at 10 AM
Incident: Sweats Complex Wildfire
FIRE INFORMATION FACT SHEET
Date: May 17, 2013 Time: 10:00 am
Information Officer: Kathy Bushnell, 406-422-7164
Incident: Sweats Complex
Detected/Reported: May 15, 2013 at about 12:30 pm
Approximate Size: 450 acres
Cause: Human-caused, under investigation
Location: Near York along Nelson Road
Fire crews will continue to mop-up, contain and patrol the fires within the Sweats Complex today. Due to the recent moisture, cooler temperatures and higher relative humidity levels fire activity decreased with only smoldering and creeping occurring on the two larger fires. There was no fire spread yesterday.
Sweats Gulch is currently 25% contained and is approximately 300 acres. Firefighters will continue necessary saw work, complete fireline around the perimeter, and mop-up. Helicopters will assist ground efforts, as is needed. Hunters Gulch fire remains at about 150 acres and is 75% contained. Crews will secure the firelines and continue mopping up.
Cottontail and Pipeline (previously Fire #3) are both controlled and crews will patrol the fires throughout the next few days. The five small fires named the Kelly Gulch are close to full containment, and crews will continue to mop up in the area.
Sweats Complex Fires Summary:
- Fire #1: Hunters Gulch at 150 acres and the fire is 75% contained
- Fire #2: Sweats Gulch at about 300 acres and 25% contained
- Fire #3: Pipepline Fire at 1 acre; contained, controlled and in patrol status
- Fire #4: Kelly Gulch fires are a total of 5 acres and about 90% contained
- Fire #5: Cottontail Fire at 2 acres is contained, controlled and in patrol status
Today’s weather forecast calls for even cooler temperatures and higher relative humidity levels, which will further help firefighters in their suppression and containment operations today. Temperatures are predicted to reach the mid-60s with light northwest winds at 5-10 mph; relative humidity levels are expected to be about 35%. There is a 70% chance of wetting rain over the fire areas.
Nelson Road remains closed with the exception to local residents. Despite the decreased fire behavior, smoke will remain visible for the next several days.
More information: visit Inciweb at www.inciweb.org or call Kathy Bushnell at 406-422-7164. Any questions regarding the ongoing investigation on the cause of the fires, contact the Lewis & Clark County Sheriff’s office.