Emigrant Fire Evening Update
Incident: Emigrant Fire Wildfire
EVENING FIRE UPDATE
Update: July 22, 2013 @ 9:00 p.m.
Contact: Karen Tuscano 406-223-2028
FIRE NAME: Emigrant Fire
DATE OF DETECTION: July 21, 2013
CURRENT SIZE: approximately 350 acres
LOCATION: South of Emigrant Peak, between Gold Prize Creek and North Fork Sixmile Creek
AGENCY: Gallatin National Forest
PERSONNEL AND RESOURCES ON THE FIRE: 40 firefighters and 2 helicopters.
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. The fire is located between Gold Prize Creek and the North Fork of Sixmile Creek. Firefighters responded to the fire at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, July 21st. The fire is burning in and adjacent to the fire scar from a fire in the late 1990s, and in thick timber with a large amount of dead and down fuels.
TODAY’S ACTIVITY: The Helena hotshot crew arrived on the fire Monday afternoon. The 2 helicopters also arrived on the fire and helped move firefighters and gear to the new spike camp location near the fire. Fire officials flew over the fire Monday morning and were able to get a better assessment on the fire. It is actively burning the large ground fuels in the area, and single and group tree torching has also been observed. Firefighters continued to report the large boulders and large ground fuels rolling down the extremely steep terrain and igniting the unburned fuel below the fire perimeter. Attempts to construct an anchor point and fireline have been continually challenged by that rolling material.
TOMORROW’S WEATHER AND PLANNED ACTIVITY: Relative humidity values are not expected to recover to normal nighttime levels tonight, which keeps fire activity elevated. Tomorrow’s weather forecast is calling for continued warm temperatures and low relative humidity. The winds should be weaker than today. The high temperature tomorrow could reach 83 degrees in the fire area, and a low relative humidity of 11%. Winds will be out of the west at 6-10 mph.
Firefighter and public safety are the top priority for this fire. Fire personnel will look for opportunities to use natural barriers to confine the fire to as small an area as possible. This is the only safe option for firefighters on the ground at this time. The immediate threat of the fire reaching private property is not significant at this time; however it is anticipated that the fire will continue to burn for quite some time and the influences of weather can change conditions rapidly.
Homeowners in the Paradise Valley should always be prepared for unexpected events such as wildfire. To learn how to prepare your family and your property for emergency wildfire situations, go to http://firesafemt.org/.
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 Sixmile Creek Trail (#606) will be closed from their respective trailheads to their junctions with Trail #601 north of Monitor Peak. Connector Trail #601 will remain open.
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