Eureka Fire Morning Update, August 21, 2013
Incident: Eureka Wildfire
Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest
Northern Rockies Type II Incident Management Team
Daily Fact Sheet
Fire Information: (406) 682-4820 Wednesday, August 21, 2013 8 a.m.
Office hours: 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 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: 6,066 acres Containment: 25 percent
Resources: Hand Crews: three Type 1 crews, two Type 2 crews, two camp crews Total Personnel: 321
Engines: 29 Heavy Equipment: 1 dozer, 4 skidgines, 11 water tenders Air Support: 4 helicopters
Cost to Date: $2.4 million Injuries: None
Public Meeting: There will be a public meeting tonight, Wednesday, August 21, at 7:00 p.m. at the West Fork Cabin Camp, which is about 35 miles south of Ennis on Highway 287 along the Madison River. Incident personnel and local cooperators will update the public on the fire’s status and behavior and the suppression effort. They will answer questions and address concerns.
Fire Update: Yesterday’s efforts to burn out pockets of dead timber in front of the fire’s spread achieved very good results. These ignitions were contained as intended to improve control of the northern perimeter of the fire. That tactic will be continued today prior to expected changes in weather that might otherwise threaten the gains that have been made in containing the fire’s spread. Firefighters will continue to provide protection for the Rebish Sheep Cabins, and will be assessing the need for additional protection at the Black Butte Cabin, north of the fire. Crews will continue to patrol and monitor the western, southern, and eastern sides of the fire looking for hot spots and spotting over the line. The fire did not exhibit extreme fire behavior yesterday, but has the potential to leapfrog over the grass into the timber stands as winds increase. Weather conditions later this week are forecast to bring lightning and isolated rain showers into the fire area.
Crews will be looking in upper Cottonwood Creek drainage today for contingency lines in the event that the fire continues its northern progression. The weather today will be cooler and slightly more humid with temperatures in the mid-70s and 21 percent relative humidity. Southwest winds will be 10–15 mph with occasional 25-mph gusts.
Closures: For the protection of public health and safety, an area closure 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 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.
Media: For visits to the fire area, call the information staff at (406) 682-4820.
More Information: For more up-to-date information and photos, visit www.inciweb.org and select Eureka from the incident drop-down menu, or call (406) 682-4820.