West Mullan Fire Morning Update July 27, 2013
Incident: West Mullan Fire Wildfire
August 5, 2013 Update
The West Mullan Fire is now 100 percent contained. Interior burning, however, is expected to continue. Visible smoke and occasional flames should be expected as unburned pockets of fuel ignite. Future fire updates will be issued only if conditions change. For current Area Closure information please contact the Superior Ranger District at (406) 822-4233.
West Mullan Fire
This will be the final update for the West Mullan Fire from the Northern Rockies IMT unless conditions change.
Date: Saturday, July 27, 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: 6,282 acres Containment: 88%
Incident Commander: Tom Heintz
Resources: Hand Crews: (4) Type I crews; (4) Type II crews
Equipment: (19) Engines, (1) Dozers, (7) Water Tenders
Air Support: Helicopters (1) Type 3 Total Personnel: 383
Estimated Cost to Date: $9,000,000
Firefighters will continue to search for hotspots within 150 feet of the fireline and extinguish them as needed. Rehabilitation of suppression firelines is being done. Fire managers worked closely with local landowners to determine specific needs on their property for rehabilitation of any fireline work that was done during fire suppression efforts. Crews will be working towards completing the rehabilitation of these specific areas.
The orderly release of crews and equipment which are no longer required for the West Mullan Fire will continue today. There are still engines, dozers, water tenders and crews left to continue the mop-up, patrol and rehabilitation on the fire.
Unburned green islands within the fire’s perimeter may burn 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. Due to the expected increase in winds today there is potential for smoldering stumps and logs to create some additional smoke.
The West Mullan Fire will be turned over to a local Type 3 team at 6pm Sunday July 28, 2013. Mop-up operations will continue and the fire will be monitored for any changes after this transition.
National Forest area closures remain in effect. Keystone, Pardee and Flat Creek roads remain closed to the general public, but are open to residents. Clark Fork River closure has been lifted for recreational use. Forest trail closures have been lifted.
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.
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.
Safety! Watch for rollout material on roads below the burned area. Snags within the burned area could fall at anytime.