Emigrant Fire Evening Update July 29th
Incident: Emigrant Fire Wildfire
EVENING FIRE UPDATE
Update: July 29, 2013 @ 9:00 p.m.
Contact: Karen Tuscano 406-223-2028
FIRE NAME: Emigrant Fire
DATE OF DETECTION: July 21, 2013
CURRENT SIZE: approximately 611 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 hotshot crews, 1 Type 2 crew, 2 helicopters, 4 engines and overhead for a total of 122 personnel.
MONDAY’S ACTIVITY: Minimal fire activity was observed on the fire Monday with the fire area under cloud cover most of the day. Fire personnel were not able to initiate burning operations due to the high relative humidity. Firefighters will continue to seek an ideal burning window, which includes moderate temperature, relative humidity values around 30-40%, and favorable winds.
TUESDAY’S PLANNED ACTIVITY: Weather conditions for the remainder of this week are not looking favorable for implementing the burning operations due to cooler temperatures and expected rainfall. Since burning is not planned, demobilization of many resources will occur on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Forest will keep limited resources on the fire and additional initial attack firefighters to supplement the local unit. With continued lower temperatures and higher relative humidities, fire behavior has been limited. However, hazardous conditions for firefighters still exist including the extremely heavy dead and down fuels, steep terrain, rolling material from the fire, and snags. On Tuesday and Wednesday, the two helicopters will be dropping water on the fire’s edge to keep the fire in check until favorable burning conditions return, which is forecast for early next week. Once burning conditions are expected, additional resources will return to the fire and will be able to utilize the prepared and constructed hand line.
FIRE WEATHER: Unsettled weather will continue through Wednesday, which will result in scattered showers and thunderstorms. The thunderstorms will be wet with localized heavy rainfall. The minimum relative humidity on Tuesday will be close to 50%, but should be lower on Wednesday. Temperatures will be in the mid 70’s Tuesday and slightly higher Wednesday.
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.
A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is in place over the fire area to ensure the safety of the aerial fire operations.