West Mullan Fire Morning Update, July 17, 2013
Incident: West Mullan Fire Wildfire
Incident Management Team
West Mullan Fire
DAILY INFORMATION FACT SHEET
Date: July 17, 2013 Time: 8:00 a.m.
Incident: West Mullan Fire Information Phone: 406-459-8225
(7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.)
Location: West Mullan Fire is about 4 air miles Northwest of Superior, Montana
Approximate Size: 1,800 acres (estimated) Containment: 15%
Incident Commander: Tom Heintz, Northern Rockies Type-II Incident Management Team
Resources: Hand Crews: (4) Type I crews; (5) Type II crews
Equipment: (22) Engines, (3) Dozers, (2) Water Tenders
Air Support: Helicopters (2) Type 1, (2) Type 2, (2) Type 3 Total Personnel:353
Estimated Cost to Date: $421,000
Fire Update: The fire remained active overnight. Crews were able to make additional progress on suppression activities above the residential areas north of West Mullan Road. The suppression line along Pardee Creek on the west side was strengthened with some burnout operations between the line and the fire. Several small spot fires occurred on the south side with upslope spread of the fire. Spotting is also detected on the east flank toward the Flat Creek drainage. These spots are up high on the mountain. Today, firefighters will continue line construction above Pardee Creek to tie in with an existing road. Crews will look for opportunities to construct line and attack the fire directly on East flank. An existing road on the northeast side will be prepared to serve as a contingency line. On the south side of the fire above residences, mopup of hot spots in the burned area will take place. Local fire departments are providing structure protection.
Today’s weather is expected to provide challenges to firefighters as moisture from the south will approach. Thunderstorms are expected to develop in the area by mid-afternoon. They will bring erratic winds and possible rain underneath the cells. Firefighter safety is of primary concern because of lightning from these storms and the chance of outflow winds. Spotting of the fire is a possibility. Rain could be heavy and cause the rolling downslope of burned fuels. Once the storm passes, the weather will return to warmer and drier by the weekend with temperatures back near 90° and humidity in the teens.
Mineral County Sheriff has requested mutual aid from surrounding counties for law enforcement support. About 50 residences along Pardee and East Pardee Creeks and West Mullan Road are under mandatory evacuation notification. No structures have been damaged.
Closures: The Clark Fork River has been closed to recreational use through the town of Superior because of helicopter operations.
Special Concerns: New fire starts! People are advised to not use the Vista Trail out of Superior because of the threat of the fire advancing in that direction. The public is asked to stay clear of the helicopter dip site for their safety.
Residents are reminded that the periods of heavy smoke may be a health hazard and are advised to limit their exposure.
More Information: Visit Inciweb at www.inciweb.org, email email@example.com or call fire information 406-459-8225. A media tour of the fire is scheduled for Wednesday, July 17, at 12:00 p.m. We will meet at the Superior Ranger District office. All participants must have their own wildland fire gear to go on the tour. This includes boots, fire pants and shirt, and hardhat. A community meeting is again scheduled for Wednesday evening at 8:00 p.m. at the Mineral County Courthouse in Superior. If it is raining the meeting will be held at the evacuation center at the Superior Elementary School.