Emigrant Fire Update for Monday, July 22nd
Incident: Emigrant Fire Wildfire
Update: July 22, 2013 @ 9:00 a.m.
Contact: Karen Tuscano 406-223-2028
FIRE NAME: Emigrant Fire
DATE OF DETECTION: July 21, 2013
CURRENT SIZE: approximately 30 acres
LOCATION: South of Emigrant Peak, between Gold Prize Creek and North Fork of Sixmile trail
AGENCY: Gallatin National Forest
PERSONNEL AND RESOURCES ON THE FIRE: 20 firefighters.
FIRE HISTORY: Thunderstorms that rolled through the area on Wednesday afternoon ignited a fire south of Emigrant Peak in the Paradise Valley south of Livingston, MT. Firefighters responded to the fire at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, July 21st. As of 2:30 Sunday afternoon, the fire was approximately 5 acres. At 4:30 p.m., fire activity increased significantly and the fire size increased to approximately 30 acres by 7:00 p.m. As the sun went down, fire activity again decreased and remained quiet for the remainder of the night.
YESTERDAY’S ACTIVITY: Four local Yellowstone Ranger District firefighters and 16 smokejumpers arrived on the fire early yesterday afternoon. A helicopter from Yellowstone National Park was dropping buckets of water on the fire most of yesterday, but will not be assigned to the fire today. The fire is burning in and adjacent to an old fire scar from the late 1990’s. The dead and downed fuels in the old burn scar and steep and rocky terrain are hampering firefighting efforts on the ground. Burning logs and other large fuels have been rolling out from the fire perimeter to unburned fuels below the fire.TODAY’S WEATHER AND PLANNED ACTIVITY: Today’s weather forecast is calling for another day of warm temperatures and low relative humidity. The high temperature is expected to reach 82 degrees in the fire area and 11% relative humidity. Winds will be at 5-10 mph out of the west.
One 20-person Type 1 hotshot crew, 2 helicopters, and miscellaneous overhead personnel have been ordered and should arrive on the fire today. Fire personnel will fly the fire this morning to get a better look at where the fire has burned. Firefighters on the ground will look for an opportunity to establish an anchor point and construct fire line where it is safe and advantageous. A large Type 1 helicopter will be dropping water on the fire as needed. Limited access, very steep and rocky terrain, heavy fuels, rolling burning debris, and the warm and weather are safety concerns for fighting this fire. Firefighter and public safety are the top priority for this fire.
CLOSURES & OTHER INFORMATION: The road up Sixmile Creek from its junction with the Dailey Lake Road will be closed until further notice. The Sixmile Creek Trial (#61) and North Fork of Sixmile Creek Trail (#606) will be closed to their junction with Trail #601 north of Monitor Peak. Connector Trail #601 will remain open.
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