West Mullan Fire Update, July 24 AM
Incident: West Mullan Fire Wildfire
Incident Management Team
West Mullan Fire
Date: Wednesday, July 23, 2013 Time: 8:00 p.m.
Incident: West Mullan Fire Information Phone: 406-649-9032
(7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.)
Location: northwest of Superior, Montana
Approximate Size: 6,300 acres Containment: 60%
Incident Commander: Tom Heintz
Resources: Hand Crews: (9) Type I crews; (13) Type II crews
Equipment: (43) Engines, (3) Dozers, (15) Water Tenders
Air Support: Helicopters (2) Type 1, (1) Type 2, (1) Type 3 Total Personnel: 821
Estimated Cost to Date: $7,200,000
Tuesday was another excellent day for firefighters. During last night’s operational period, lines were further strengthened along the entire perimeter of the fire, particularly in the northeast portion of the fire, near Wood Gulch, where burn-out operations were again conducted.
Today’s shift plan calls for continued gridding an mop-up…
Tomorrow crews are scheduled to implement burning operations to secure the line along the northeast flank. Mop-up, patrol, structure protection, and monitoring of the fire continues on the remainder of the fire perimeter.
Fire managers are planning for the release of resources in excess to the needs of firefighting efforts, as well as backhaul of unnecessary equipment.
Firefighters have achieved an exceptional safety record on this fire, with only one minor injury to- date.
Area closures and evacuation orders are still in place. West Mullan Road is closed to the public at the western end. It is open to residents only. Flat Creek Road is closed outside the Superior city limits. East Mullan Road is open to everyone. Big Eddy Fishing Access Site, Keystone Gulch and Pardee Road remain closed.
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). 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.
New fire starts! Please stay vigilant to ensure there will be no new fire starts. Fully extinguish campfires and be cautious with combustion engines. The local area has gone into Extreme fire danger. Helicopter work continues in the area and the public is asked to stay clear of all aerial activities. No structures have been damaged to-date.
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. Watch for rollout material on roads below the burned area.