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: 78%
Resources Assigned: 3 Type I handcrews, 2 Type II handcrews, 1 Wildland Fire Module, 3 Helicopters. Total personnel assigned are 253.
Transition: Crews will patrol through the end of shift today and transition operations to a Type 3 team at 6 a.m. Thursday.
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: On Tuesday crews in Division A along the western flank patrolled for spots and hauled back pumps and hoses off the fire while firefighters in Division B working the northwest flank gridded for spots and continued mop-up operations extinguishing hot spots. Crews in Division E along the southeast flank conducted extensive gridding along the fire’s edge searching for spots and debris and completed hose lay around the perimeter of the division boundary. Minimal smokes were reported in Division O along the southwestern corner of the fire as crews continued to search the green and grid the interior of the fire.
Planned Actions: Wednesday crews will continue gridding, which includes searching and extinguishing spot fires outside the fire’s perimeter in the green, along the interior of the black searching for burned out stump holes, logs, and smoldering root pockets. Crews will continue to 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. Divisions A and O will start to plan for rehab and in Division O along the southwestern flank a Type 3 camp will be established at Drop Point 1. Crews will patrol through the end of shift today and transition operations to a Type 3 team at 6 a.m. Thursday.
Weather: Wednesday temperatures are forecast in the low 80’s with relative humidity between 15-17% and steady light winds.
Cooperating Agencies: Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, Montana DNRC, Lolo National Forest.
The fire will be listed on Inciweb at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/.