West Mullan Fire, July 20, 2013, 8:00pm
Incident: West Mullan Fire Wildfire
Incident Management Team
West Mullan Fire
Date: Saturday, July 20, 2013 Time: 8:00 p.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: 5,230 acres Containment: 30%
Incident Commander: Tom Heintz
Resources: Hand Crews: (11) Type I crews; (11) Type II crews
Equipment: (44) Engines, (3) Dozers, (13) Water Tenders
Air Support: Helicopters (3) Type 1, (2) Type 2, (2) Type 3 Total Personnel: 799
Estimated Cost to Date: $4,700,000
Despite today’s extremely hot temperatures, firefighters were still able to make good progress on the fire. Fire managers are predicting the fire will reach Keystone Creek tonight and the northern flank of the fire will continue to move through the BPA power line area. Once again, a night shift will be deployed to provide structure protection and to implement burn outs on the west, northwest, and northeast areas of the fire. The work is in extremely difficult terrain and is complicated by the hot and dry weather.
Isolated single and group tree torching along the fire edge continued today. The fire is predicted to be even more active tonight because of the critical fire weather. The public is encouraged to be vigilant for rolling rocks, burning stumps, and other debris that may come off the mountain as fire progresses through the area, especially near residences.
Area closures and evacuation orders are still in place. 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.
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. On Monday, July 22nd, the evacuation center is scheduled to close.
New fire starts! Fully extinguish campfires and be cautious with combustion engines. Helicopter work continues in the area and the public is asked to stay clear of all aerial activities. About 150 residences are threatened by the fire, but no structures have been damaged.
Visibility! Travel on area roads continues to be hazardous, especially in the mornings between Superior and St. Regis due to the inversion created by fire conditions.