Emigrant Fire Update August 13th
Incident: Emigrant Fire Wildfire
Update: August 13, 2013 @ 9:00 a.m.
Contact: Karen Tuscano 406-223-2028
FIRE NAME: Emigrant Fire
DATE OF DETECTION: July 21, 2013
CURRENT SIZE: approximately 625 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: 1 helicopter, 1 engine, 1 - 15 person hand crew and overhead for a total of 30 personnel.
YESTERDAY’S ACTIVITY: Minimal fire activity was seen again on the fire yesterday. A small amount of smoke was seen coming from the Gold Prize Drainage as the fire continues to burn in the large dead and downed fuels.
The helicopter assigned to the Emigrant Fire assisted in a few small lightning ignition fires for initial attack within the nearby area.
TUESDAY’S PLANNED ACTIVITY: A recon flight is planned again for today to assess the fire perimeter as well as to determine how far the fire has backed down the Gold Prize Drainage.
Fire personnel continue to monitor and patrol the fire from the Sixmile area.
Fire officials continue to receive detailed long and short term weather forecasts on a daily basis. A long term strategy is in place for the Emigrant Fire, and predetermined actions will be implemented when the weather conditions and fire behavior indicate the need.FIRE WEATHER: Hot and mostly dry conditions will continue through this week. A chance of isolated thunderstorms each afternoon will persist with the best chance of storms occurring today and Wednesday. Wind gusts of 40 to 50 mph are possible near storms. Winds will be mostly slope dominant with occasional thermal gusts of 20 mph each afternoon. Relative Humidity recoveries will improve tonight, however afternoon values will appear in the teens throughout the next several days. The predicted high today is 76 degrees with a minimum relative humidity of 21%.
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.
People traveling near the Emigrant Fire Helibase are urged to be cautious of fire personnel and the helicopter operating near Conlin Road.
A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is in place over the fire area to ensure the safety of the aerial fire operations.