Emigrant Fire Morning Update July 27th
Incident: Emigrant Fire Wildfire
MORNING FIRE UPDATE
Update: July 27, 2013 @ 9:00 a.m.
Contact: Karen Tuscano, 406-223-2028, Mariah Leuschen, 406-548-1174
FIRE NAME: Emigrant Fire
DATE OF DETECTION: July 21, 2013
CURRENT SIZE: approximately 600 acres
LOCATION: South of Emigrant Peak, between Gold Prize Creek and North Fork Sixmile Creek
AGENCY: Gallatin National Forest
A public meeting has been scheduled for tonight (Saturday) at 6:00 p.m.
at the Paradise Valley Fire Hall.
PERSONNEL AND RESOURCES ON THE FIRE: 3 Type 1 crews, 1 Type 2 crew, 2 helicopters, 4 engines and overhead for a total of 122 personnel.
FRIDAY’S ACTIVITY: The fire behavior increased Friday afternoon due to the warmer and drier weather with increased winds. A small column was visible close to 5:00 p.m. as the fire made a short run on the northern flank of the fire. Firefighters completed indirect contingency line preparations to the northwest of the fire. Crews also continued line preparations in the North Fork Sixmile Creek drainage, while helicopters dropped water in that drainage to slow the progress of the fire backing downhill.SATURDAY’S PLANNED ACTIVITY: Firefighters will continue to seek indirect contingency plans to the northwest and west of the fire, while also continuing to prepare contingency lines on the western side working to the south. Saturday morning a recon flight will occur to more accurately determine hot spots and where firefighters will focus indirect suppression tactics. After several days of both direct and indirect suppression tactics firefighters have determined a containment strategy based on firefighter safety, exposure to rolling material, fuels and utilizing natural topographic features and expect to carry out indirect suppression tactics into early next week. A distinguished smoke column will be expected over the fire for the next several days based upon the suppression strategy and indirect burning operations. Two helicopters will be available for bucket drops and hose lays have been established along contingency lines to aid in the suppression of the Emigrant Fire.
FIRE WEATHER: A Red Flag Warning will be in effect from noon today through midnight tonight for low humidities and dry thunderstorms with gusty and erratic outflow winds for Park County. Isolated thunderstorms will be possible over the area early this morning and chance of thunderstorms will increase from west to east across the area this afternoon and evening. Some of the thunderstorms could be dry with gusty erratic outflow winds. Chances for thunderstorms will increase across the area on Sunday, with higher humidity and increased chances for wetting rain. The high temperature is forecast to be 82 degrees with a minimum relative humidity of 21%. Winds should be out of the northwest at 5-10 mph, except near thunderstorms.
CLOSURES & OTHER INFORMATION: Dailey Lake and most surrounding camping areas are open to recreationists through the weekend. Emigrant Fire Incident Command Post is located on a bench approximately ¼ mile north of the lake and that area is the only portion closed to the public at Dailey Lake Recreation area. Please be cautious of fire traffic on Dailey Lake Road.
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.
For further information, go to: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3537/