West Mullan Fire Update Morning July 25
Incident: West Mullan Fire Wildfire
Incident Management Team
West Mullan Fire
Date: Wednesday, July 25, 2013 Time: 8:00 a.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: 74%
Incident Commander: Tom Heintz
Resources: Hand Crews: (6) Type I crews; (7) Type II crews
Equipment: (33) Engines, (2) Dozers, (12) Water Tenders
Air Support: Helicopters (1) Type 1, (1) Type 2, (1) Type 3 Total Personnel: 600
Estimated Cost to Date: $8,000,000
This morning firefighters will complete the burnout operations to help improve and secure the northeast portion of the fireline. This work will remove unburned fuels between the fire and the fireline, and make the line much more defensible. Crews will then focus their efforts on mop-up.
In the remainder of the fire area firefighters will continue to grid for hotspots near the fireline and extinguish them when located. They are also focusing on “backhauling” supplies that are no longer needed. Empty gas cans, fire hose, tools, garbage and the like are gathered from the fireline and brought back to camp. Rehabilitation of some roads and dozer firelines has begun in areas of the fire where it is safe to do so.
The orderly release of crews and equipment which are no longer required for the West Mullan Fire will continue today. There are still numerous engines, dozers, water tenders and crews left to continue the mop-up, patrol and rehabilitation on the fire.
Area closures remain in effect, but the evacuation order for people living up Keystone, Pardee and Flat creeks was lifted at 8 p.m. Wednesday. Residents only will be allowed to return to their homes. These roads remain closed to the general public and the fire area also remains closed to the public.
Unburned green islands within the fire’s perimeter will continue to burn out and could create some flames and smoke for the next several weeks. These small areas have been dried out by the passing fire and surrounding burned area, and can readily ignite by a spark or smoldering vegetation next to the unburned island.
Local areas have now moved into Extreme fire danger and the public is reminded that Stage I restrictions will be in effect August 1. Stage I fire restrictions apply to campfires and smoking. For more information regarding fire restrictions please visit www.firerestrictions.us.
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.
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.