Incident: Mill Creek Fire Wildfire
Mill Creek Fire
July 26, 2013 6:00 PM
Contact: Fire Information Officer: Forrest Merrill
Message Phone: 406-207-2338
What: Wildland Fire
Location: Northeast ofMill Creek Road,Frenchtown,MT
Started: July 25, 2013 around 2:00 pm
Protection Agency: Montana Department of Natural Resources & Conservation (DNRC) Southwestern Land Office,Missoula Unit
Narrative: Firefighters from local departments and agencies are currently on the fire today working on containment lines around the fire. The strategy is to keep the 720 acre fire from growing.
Current Size: 720 acres
Personnel Assigned: 175
Resources on Fire: Fire engines from DNRC, Frenchtown, and private contractors; the Lolo Hot Shots, Lone Peak Hot Shots, and Grayback Crews. Several pieces of heavy equipment are here or have been ordered (bulldozers, a pumper cat, and skidgines). Aviation resources are available from Missoula but not utilized yet today.
Special Concerns: SAFETY of firefighters and the public is a primary concern.Mill Creek Road,Fred Lane, and the section of Frenchtown frontage road between those is closed, except for emergency and residential traffic. Please observe the reduced speed limit along I-90 and do not pull off roads into dry grass.
Cause: Human, under investigation.
Prevention Message: It’s HOT and DRY! Even pulling off the road to watch the fire could ignite tinder-dry grasses under your vehicle! Reminder thatMissoulaCounty entered Very High fire danger this week. The public is reminded to be extremely cautious with all sources of ignition.