Emigrant Fire Update August 14th
Incident: Emigrant Fire Wildfire
Update: August 14, 2013 @ 10:00 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: Tuesday afternoon, the fire area received a significant amount of wetting rain. Upon completing the recon flight yesterday, fire personnel found that the fire is backing and checking itself into natural barriers.
WEDNESDAY’S PLANNED ACTIVITY:
Fire personnel continue to monitor and patrol the fire from the Sixmile Drainage.
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: The weather pattern is expected to shift today as an upper ridge will reposition itself to the west; allowing for drier mid-level air to build over the area decreasing the chance of thunderstorms by this evening. However a slight chance of storms is possible this afternoon, otherwise warm and dry conditions are anticipated today. Humidities are forecasted to fall into the lower 20’s by this afternoon. Winds will react mainly to terrain influences, but are projected to be light today. Wednesday’s predicted high is 78 degrees with a minimum relative humidity of 19%.
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.