Eureka Fire Evening Update 8/18/13
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 8 p.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: 4,500 acres Containment: 15%
Resources: Hand Crews: (3) Type I crews, (1) Type 2 crew Engines: 16 Total personnel: 243
Heavy Equipment: 1 Dozer, 4 Skidgens, 4 Water Tenders Air Support: (4) helicopters
Cost to Date: $1,300,000 Injuries: None
Fire Update: Winds from the west today increased fire activity at the north end. This was aided by a slight warming and drying. A smoke column was easily seen from the valley as much of the dead and down fuel was consumed. Part of the smoke came from burnout activities as firefighters continued to get a black line around much of the fire perimeter. Although much of the perimeter has a black line, the fire is still not contained because of the amount of smoldering and burning material near the fire’s edge. The spot fire at the north end continued to show some growth into unburned islands of timber. It has started to move down into the East Fork Ruby River. An infrared flight has been ordered for tonight to identify where the fire is most active to target suppression efforts.
The next couple of day’s weather will test firefighter’s efforts. Monday and Tuesday’s conditions will be similar to today, breezy, warm and dry, but winds will increase about another 5 mph on Tuesday. By Wednesday, winds will come more from the southwest as monsoonal conditions from the south arrive. This will decrease temperatures with a slight chance of thunderstorms. By Friday a significant weather change will arrive with stronger winds and a higher chance for thunderstorms.
Tomorrow, operations will focus on patrolling the perimeter on the south and east flanks and responding to any spotting outside of the main fire to keep the fire west of the Gravelly Divide. Firefighters will “mop up where safe” to reduce hot spots to prevent escape. Vegetation in the meadows is drying enough to increase concern of fire spread into these areas. Sprinklers will remain in place to provide protection of important whitebark pine stands. Crews will work on the spots north of the fire and try to catch it on the ridge above the East Fork of the Ruby River.
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 for the crews 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.