Eureka Fire Morning Update 8/18
Incident: Eureka Wildfire
Beaverhead Deerlodge National Forest
Northern Rockies Type II Incident Management Team
Daily Fact Sheet
Fire Information: (406) 682-4820 Note this new number change! August 18, 2013 7 a.m.
Office hours: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Incident: Wildland fire, lightning-caused, reported on July 25, 2013
Location: 38 air miles south of Ennis, Montana
Incident Commander: Tom Heintz
Approximate Size: 4,222 acres reported at 7:00 a.m. on August 18 Containment: 10%
Resources: Hand Crews: (3) Type I crews, (1) Type 2 crew Engines: 19 Total personnel: 243
Heavy Equipment: 1 Dozer, 1 Skidgen, 2 Water Tenders Air Support: (4) helicopters
Cost to Date: $1,000,000 Injuries: None
Fire Update: The fire remained fairly inactive overnight with cool temperatures and calm winds. This fire has been very reactive to weather conditions which have helped suppression efforts over the last 24 hours. Cooler temperatures and light winds are forecast for today as well. Slower fire activity yesterday, especially reduced long distance spotting, allowed for more aggressive suppression efforts, including burning out on the north and west perimeters to try to secure those flanks.
The emphasis of today’s suppression efforts will be to provide protection for the Rebish Sheep Cabin and the Black Butte Cabin while trying to secure line on the perimeter. Relatively new fire activity in the head of the east fork of the Ruby River near Monument Hill is also a focus to prevent continued spread to the north. The north end of the fire will be scouted to identify opportunities for direct attack. Firefighters will “mop up where safe” to reduce hot spots to prevent escape, taking advantage of the favorable weather conditions. Sprinklers will remain in place to provide protection of important whitebark pine stands.
Shawn Christiansen, Chief of the Madison Valley Fire Department will be using his personnel to visit with private landowners to guide efforts to reduce fuel hazard conditions near area residences.
Additional resources continue to arrive, improving firefighters’ ability to slow fire growth. The Incident Command Post is located at the Lyons Bridge approximately 33 miles South of Ennis on highway 287. The assigned crews and equipment are being supported from this location. The actual camp is located near the Eureka Basin to be close to the fire.
Closures: An area closure is in place in the vicinity of the Eureka Fire. The area near the Eureka Fire will be closed for the Protection of Public Health and Safety. This includes all roads and trails within the area closure. The closure essentially covers all access routes to and or through the Eureka Basin Fire area. A detailed description of the closure order is available on http://www.inciweb.org/incident/article/3637/20315/
Special Concerns: New fire starts! Please be careful with all fire.
Attention Media: For visits to the fire area, call the information staff at (406) 682-4820.
More Information: Visit Inciweb at inciweb.nwcg.gov, select Eureka, or call (406) 682-4820.