Gold Creek Fire Update
Incident: Gold Creek Wildfire
Final Update for the Eastern Montana Type II IMT. A smaller Type III organization will take command of the fire at 6:00 a.m. Thursday, July 25.
Start date: Identified July 15 Contact: Mariah Leuschen, Jack Conner and Heather Noel
Phone: 406-244-9068 Email: email@example.com
Location: 16 miles northeast of Missoula, MT.
Current Size: Approximately 170 acres Containment: 98%
Resources Assigned: 1 Type I handcrew, 2 Type II handcrews, 1 Wildland Fire Module, 2 Helicopters. Total personnel assigned are 208.
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 Wednesday crews in Division A along the western flank reported no smoke. Division B worked the northwest flank gridded for spots and continued mop-up operations extinguishing hot spots from a handful of smokes. Crews in Division E along the southeast flank conducted extensive gridding along the fire’s edge searching for spots and debris successfully mopping up a large spot fire. One smoke this morning in Division O along the southwestern corner of the fire was extinguished, crews continued to search the green and grid the interior of the fire.
Planned Actions: 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. Patrols will continue in all divisions. A Type 3 camp will be established at Drop Point 1. Transition of operations to a Type 3 team will occur at 6 a.m. Thursday.
Weather: Thursday temperatures are forecast in the mid-80’s with relative humidity between 15-17% and steady light winds with gusts up to 10 m.p.h. Scattered thunderstorms are possible in the afternoon.
Cooperating Agencies: Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, Montana DNRC, Lolo National Forest.
The fire will be listed on Inciweb at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/.