Gold Creek Fire Info Morning Update
Incident: Gold Creek Wildfire
Start date: Identified July 15 Contact: Mariah Leuschen, Jack Conner and Heather Noel
Phone: 406-244-9068 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Location: 16 miles northeast of Missoula, MT.
Current Size: Approximately 170 acres Containment: 55%
Resources Assigned: 3 Type I handcrews, 2 Type II handcrews, 1 Wildland Fire Module, 2 Air Attacks, 3 Helicopters. Total personnel assigned is 250.
Closures: Gold Creek Area Closure – Gold Creek Trailhead and West Fork Gold Creek Trailhead will be closed. The area closure extends to all areas west of Gold Creek Road, north of Trail #52 (Primm Lake Trail) and east of the Main Rattlesnake Recreation Corridor. Trail #504 (Porcupine Ridge Trail) is closed. Trail #52 and trails south of the Rattlesnake vicinity are open. The closure also borders Trail #515 accessing the headwaters of Rattlesnake Creek, this trail is open. Closure map located on InciWeb.
Forest Road #126 will remain closed at Cow Creek Gate (approx. 7 miles in), the West Fork of Gold Creek Trailhead (Rd #4323) at the junction of Rd #4323 and Rd #2103 is currently closed. This is approx. 6 miles to West Fork of Gold Creek Trailhead.
Current Status: Crews in Division A along the western flank of the fire discovered 11 hot spots on Monday while firefighters in Division B working the southwest flank completed hose lays to the Divisions B and E break moving southeast. Crews in Division E, along the south east flank conducted extensive gridding along the fire edge yesterday. Several smokes were discovered yesterday in Division O along the southwestern corner of the fire.
Planned Actions: Tuesday crews will continue gridding, which includes lining out with crews and searching and extinguishing spot fires outside the fires perimeter in the green, along with gridding the interior of the black searching for burned out stump holes, logs, and smoldering root pockets. Crews today will heavily mop up all flanks of the fire, by searching for hot spots and digging up the burning material using water where necessary and extinguishing the embers. This morning a helicopter will use an infrared device over the fire which will enable firefighters to see and locate hotspots covered by ash and debris. Crews will remain ready to assist local units with initial attack on any new starts.
Weather: Tuesday temperatures are forecast in the low 80s with relative humidity between 12-17% and steady light winds with occasional gusts are forecasted.
Cooperating Agencies: Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, Montana DNRC, Lolo National Forest.
The fire will be listed on Inciweb at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/.
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