Gold Creek Fire Update 07/27/2013
Incident: Gold Creek Wildfire
A morning update will continue to be published as long as fire conditions require.
Start date: Identified July 15 Contact: Roger Peterson
Phone: 406-396-9216 Email: email@example.com
Location: 16 miles northeast of Missoula, MT.
Current Size: Approximately 170 acres Containment: 98%
Resources Assigned: 2 Type II handcrews, 1 Wildland Fire Module, 1 Helicopter. Total personnel assigned are 60.
Transition: Crews will patrol through the end of the shift today.
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. Trail #515 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: Yesterday firefighters continued mop-up and gridding of the fire. Crews used a handheld infrared devise to detect remaining heat. Crews continued to search the green and grid the interior of the fire.
Planned Actions: Crews will continue to patrol and mop-up all flanks of the fire searching for hot spots and digging up the burning material using water where necessary and extinguishing embers. Patrols will continue in all divisions. A Type 3 camp has been established at Drop Point 1.
Weather: RED FLAG WARNING: A Red Flag Warning is in effect today from Noon until 9 p.m. for gusty winds and low humidity. Humidity recovery will be poor overnight, especially mid-slope and along ridge tops.
Today will be another hot and dry day with temperatures forecast in the 80’s and relative humidity between 8-15%, and winds will be west 15-20 m.p.h. with gusts up to 30 m.p.h. Be alert to possible scattered thunderstorm cells in the afternoon through today in southwest Montana. With an approaching cold front winds will increase this afternoon along with the potential for dry lightning this weekend.
Stage I fire restrictions will go into effect at (12:01 AM) on Thursday, August 1, in West-Central Montana. Stage I fire restrictions apply to campfires and smoking. For additional information please contact the Lolo National Forest at 406-329-3750 or online at: www.usda.gov/lolo/
Fuel moisture content is very low creating very dry fire conditions.
Cooperating Agencies: Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, Montana DNRC, Lolo National Forest.
The fire will be listed on Inciweb at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/.