Eureka Fire Evening Update 8/19/13
Incident: Eureka Wildfire
August 19, 2013 8 p.m.
Fire Information: (406) 682-4820
Office hours: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Incident: Lightning-caused wildland fire, reported on August 12, 2013
Location: 38 air miles south of Ennis, Montana
Incident Commander: Tom Heintz
Approximate Size: 5,600 acres
Containment: 20 percent
Hand Crews: three Type 1 crews, two Type 2 crews
Total Personnel: 271
Heavy Equipment: 1 dozer, 4 skidgens, 4 water tenders
Air Support: 4 helicopters
Cost to Date: $1.9 million
Fire Update: Fire crews continued to patrol and mopup the fire on its western, southern, and eastern flanks. Helicopters flew a combined thirteen hours and conducted 221 water drops, which is the equivalent of about sixty thousand gallons. The fire still has potential for long-range spotting, and spotting distances today were about a half mile. Crews tended to a spot fire on the northeast side. In late afternoon, the fire spotted over the East Fork of the Ruby River near the Rebish Sheep Camp, and this continued the north-northeast movement of this fire. The grassy meadows remain green and are not burning; however, the warm dry weather is hastening the drying of the grass.
The weather in the fire area did not reach the red-flag conditions that were predicted. The maximum wind gust measured today was 27 mph. Conditions should be similar tomorrow with winds at least as strong and relative humidity at least as dry as today. Thunderstorms are still not expected before Friday.
Tomorrow brings continued patrolling, mopping up, and monitoring for spots around the southern perimeter. The operation plan remains to slow the fire’s continued movement on the north and to keep the fire west of the Gravelly Divide.
The Incident Command Post is located at the Lyons Bridge, approximately 33 miles south of Ennis on Highway 287. The crews and equipment are being supported from this location, but the actual camp for the crews is located near the Eureka Basin so that they can be close to the fire.
Closures: An area closure, for the protection of public heath and safety, is in place in the vicinity of the Eureka Fire. All roads and trails within the closure area are closed to the public. The closure essentially covers all access routes to and through the Eureka Basin fire area. A detailed description of the closure order is available here: 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 www.inciweb.org and select Eureka from the incident drop-down menu, or call (406) 682-4820.