Emigrant Fire Morning Update July 28th
Incident: Emigrant Fire Wildfire
MORNING FIRE UPDATE
Update: July 28, 2013 @ 9:00 a.m.
Contact: Karen Tuscano 406-223-2028
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
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.
SATURDAY’S ACTIVITY: Fortunately, the predicted critical fire weather conditions did not materialize over the fire area on Saturday. Significant cloud cover limited fire activity on Saturday. Light wispy smoke from the fire settled over the area, with only a few isolated pockets of heat producing small distinguishable puffs of smoke. Drift smoke was also visible in most of Paradise Valley and Livingston coming into the area from fires in western Montana and northern Idaho. One crew worked to improve indirect line to the north of the fire. The remaining crews continued working on the indirect line along the road and trail in the North Fork Sixmile Creek drainage.
A public meeting was held Saturday night at the Paradise Valley Fire Station, with approximately 25 people attending. The fire Incident Commanders and Forest Service officials provided specific information about the fire and fielded questions from local area residents. Forest and fire officials would like to thank the Paradise Valley Fire Department for hosting the public meeting.SUNDAY’S PLANNED ACTIVITY: Firefighters will continue to prepare contingency lines on the western side working to the south, and hose lays have been established along the line to aid in the suppression of the Emigrant Fire. Two helicopters will be available for bucket drops if they are needed. 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 this week. Based upon the suppression strategy, a distinct smoke column could be expected over the fire for the next several days when firefighters implement the indirect burning operations.
FIRE WEATHER: A cold front will move slowly east through the area today through early Monday and then move southeast of the area Monday afternoon. Scattered showers and thunderstorms will occur across the area today and will become more numerous tonight. Some of the storms could contain strong gusty winds this afternoon and evening. Chances for showers and thunderstorms will continue across the area Monday, and unsettled weather will continue through next week. The high temperature is forecast to be 77 degrees and the minimum humidity will be 30%. Winds will 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/