Eureka Fire Evening 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 7 p.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: 6,600 acres Containment: 25 percent
Resources: Hand Crews: three Type 1 crews, two Type 2 crews, two camp crews Total Personnel: 319
Engines: 27 Heavy Equipment: 1 dozer, 6 skidgines, 11 water tenders Air Support: 4 helicopters
Cost to Date: $2.7 million Injuries: None
Public Meeting: There will be a public meeting tomorrow, Thursday, August 22, at 6:00 p.m. at the Upper Canyon Outfitters/Tate Ranch. This is 24 miles south of Alder on the Upper Ruby Road. Updated information on the fire’s status and behavior and the suppression effort will be presented by the Incident Management Team and the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, along with local cooperators.
Fire Update: Much of the fire area continues in a patrol and monitor status. Firefighters are looking for hot spots along the edges of the burned area and any spotting outside of the fire’s perimeter. If they observe any activity, they will implement full suppression actions. The fire remains within the blackened areas of timber over most of the burned area.
A planned aerial burnout operation to remove fuels in the northwest edge of the fire was stopped as weather became unfavorable. The fire remained within the contingency line where the aerial burnout was attempted. Another attempt at burning the fuels in this timbered area will be made tomorrow if conditions are favorable.
The next several days will see a change in the weather. There is an increased likelihood of thunderstorms and associated lightning, gusty winds, and rain. Chances for storms increase into Friday, with the possibility of wetting rain on parts of the area on Friday. Because of the storms, a fire weather watch has been issued for Thursday and Friday for the fire area. Temperatures will warm and humidity will increase on Thursday.
There have been no significant injuries of firefighters to this time.
The Madison County Commissioners issued a Wildfire Emergency Declaration today. This authorizes the Sheriff to issue evacuation alerts or warnings and order evacuation of residents if threatened by wildfires.
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.