Emigrant Fire Evening Update July 24th
Incident: Emigrant Fire Wildfire
EVENING FIRE UPDATE
Update: July 24, 2013 @ 9:00 p.m.
Contact: Karen Tuscano 406-223-2028
FIRE NAME: Emigrant Fire
DATE OF DETECTION: July 21, 2013
CURRENT SIZE: approximately 450 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, 2 helicopters and 4 engines.
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 1999, and in thick timber with a large amount of dead and down fuels.
TODAY’S ACTIVITY: Cloud cover over the fire area limited fire activity and the visibility of smoke today. Firefighters on the ground reported that the fire continued to back down the mountain into the North Fork Sixmile Creek drainage. Helicopters dropped water in that area to slow the progress of the fire moving down farther. Firefighters were able to make progress clearing fuels near the road and trail in that drainage bottom. They also continued work on an indirect containment line on the west flank of the fire. Engine personnel worked with the private landowner on removing fuels near the uninhabited cabin that lies approximately 1 mile within the Forest boundary.
TOMORROW’S WEATHER AND PLANNED ACTIVITY: Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for just above a 10% chance of wet thunderstorms passing over the fire area. The relative humidity values will be higher than what they have been the last few days. Winds should be relatively light out of the northeast at 5-10 mph, except near thunderstorms. Two additional hotshot crews arrived to the fire today, and will begin working tomorrow. Firefighters will continue to prepare indirect line in the North Fork Sixmile Creek drainage and on the west flank of the fire. The two helicopters will continue to support the ground operations with bucket drops in key areas. The helicopters will again be dipping out of the Yellowstone River. All people recreating on the river are urged to be cautious and stay clear of any helicopters. Firefighter and public safety are the top priority for this fire. 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.
CLOSURES & OTHER INFORMATION: The Forest Service portion of Sixmile Creek Road 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.
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, call Greg Coleman with Park County at 222-4188, or go to http://firesafemt.org/. Gallatin National Forest officials would like to thank MT FWP and DNRC for providing a location for the Incident Command Post that will fit the needs of fire personnel. We also appreciate the support from the MT DOT and our Park County partners.
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