West Mullan Fire Morning Update, July 20
Incident: West Mullan Fire Wildfire
Incident Management Team
West Mullan Fire
DAILY INFORMATION FACT SHEET
Date: Saturday, July 20, 2013 Time: 8:00 a.m.
Incident: West Mullan Fire Information Phone: 406-649-9032
(7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.)
Location: West Mullan Fire extends for 9 miles northwest of Superior, Montana
Approximate Size: 4,550 Containment: 23%
Incident Commander: Tom Heintz
Resources: Hand Crews: (7) Type I crews; (9) Type II crews
Equipment: (25) Engines, (3) Dozers, (10) Water Tenders
Air Support: Helicopters (2) Type 1, (2) Type 2, (3) Type 3 Total Personnel: 787
Estimated Cost to Date: $4,000,000
Area closures and evacuation orders are still in place as firefighting continues. West Mullan Road is open to the public east of Sunflower Lane, however, west of Sunflower Lane is open to residents only. Flat Creek Road is open within the Superior city limits. East Mullan Road is open to everyone. Big Eddy Fishing Access remains closed.
Last night the fire remained active due to hot and dry weather. Crews working the Flat Creek sections continued to battle several small spot fires from rolling debris. The fire will likely progress to the bottom of Keystone Creek today on the west side of the fire. Burn out operations is being effective in stopping fire’ progress and will continue today in the Keystone Creek area. Crews are continuing to construct fireline with full perimeter control as the objective.
Crews will continue structure protection, cooling out hotspots on the line adjacent to Superior, and monitoring fire activity along Mullan Road and Flat Creek today. The public is encouraged to be vigilant for rolling rocks, burning stumps, and other debris that may come off the mountain. Please remember firefighters working in the area as you travel through.
Today’s weather will be much like yesterday. We had temperatures of upper 90s in the valley and upper 80s at upper elevations on the fire. Humidities are beginning to drop to critically low levels and humidity recovery is only to the mid-30s on the fire overnight.
Closures: Iron Mountain Trail 242 (known as Cascade Falls Trail) from above the falls to the junction with Forest Service Road 97 and National Forest System Trail 51(known as Ninemile Divide Trail) from the beginning at the intersection w/NFSR 582 Section 3, T17N, R25W to the intersection with NFSR 536 Section 30, T17N, R24W. New area closures include: All Forest Service lands within Sloway Campground and the area within the closure boundary, please see area map. The Clark Fork River remains closed to the public from Big Eddy Fishing access to Sloway Campground. Vista Trail north of Superior is closed to public access.
Evacuations: An evacuation center has been established at the Superior Elementary School by the American Red Cross.
New fire starts! Fully extinguish campfires. The public is asked to stay clear of the helicopter dip site for their safety. Periods of heavy smoke may be a health hazard and people are advised to limit their exposure. About 150 residences are threatened by the fire, but no structures have been damaged.
Fire Traffic: Travel on area roads is one of the most hazardous issues. Smoke and dust conditions decrease visibility. Please limit travel in the fire area and be aware of your surroundings.