West Mullan Fire Morning Update 7/16/2013
Incident: West Mullan Fire Wildfire
Incident Management Team
West Mullan Fire
DAILY INFORMATION FACT SHEET
Date: July 16, 2013 Time: 8:00 am
Incident: West Mullan Wildland Fire Information Officer: Pat McKelvey
Information Phone: 406-459-8225 07:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Location: West Mullan Fire is about 4 air miles Northwest of Superior, Montana
Approximate Size: 700 acres Containment : 0%
Incident Commander: Tom Heintz, Northern Rockies Type-II Incident Management Team
Hand Crews: (2) Type I crews; (5) Type II crews
Air Support: (2) Type 1 helicopter; (2) Type 2 helicopter; (2) Type 3 helicopter
Equipment: (2) dozers; (1) grader; (9) engines; (1) skidgen
Total personnel: 177
Fire Update: A Northern Rockies Incident Management Team assumed management of the West Mullan Fire at 09:00 pm on July 15, 2013. Tom Heintz is the Incident Commander. The potential for growth and continued spread of the fire toward the Northeast and the residences at the base of the mountains west and directly North of Superior is recognized, and is a real concern. The fire continued to burn actively overnight with burning material rolling downhill toward a residential area. Nightshift crews used burnout operations upslope of suppression lines to reduce the amount of fuel above structures and residences on the south side of the fire. The active fire behavior exhibited last night is a result of the temperatures remaining high throughout the night.
Mandatory evacuations are in place for residents in Pardee Creek, East Pardee Creek, and Flat Creek drainages outside of the town limits of Superior. Evacuations of residences along West Mulllan Road have also occurred. The team is preparing a plan to address possible fire behavior in the near term and in 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.
An unusual weather pattern is forecasted for today. Winds will be from the east rather than the predominately West-Southwest, at 5-15 mph with gusts up to 20 mph on ridgetops. Temperatures on the fire will be in the 80’s with humidity from the teens to low 20s. Monsoonal moisture from the south will begin to enter the area later today with a chance for precipitation tonight through Wednesday. This includes the chance of thunderstorms and strong, erratic outflow winds.
A public meeting was held on Monday evening in Superior with about 120 attendees. A public meeting is scheduled for tonight at 8:00 pm at the Mineral County Courthouse.
An information telephone line has not yet been established. When that is available the number will be published. A gmail account is established, email@example.com
Special Concerns: New fire starts!
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