Eureka Fire Evening Update, August 22, 2013
Incident: Eureka Wildfire
Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest
Northern Rockies Type II Incident Management Team
Daily Fact Sheet
Fire Information: (406) 682-4820 Thursday, August 22, 2013 8:00 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: 6,152 acres Containment: 25 percent
Resources: Hand Crews: three Type 1 crews, two Type 2 crews, two camp crews Total Personnel: 331
Engines: 26 Heavy Equipment: 1 dozer, 6 skidgines, 11 water tenders Air Support: 4 helicopters
Cost to Date: $3.3 million Injuries: None
Fire Update: The fire crews had a good day and didn’t lose any ground on the fire. Weather conditions did not allow them to conduct the burnout that had been a possibility this morning. About fifty to one hundred unburned acres remain in the planned burnout area on the northwest side, and crews will attempt to burn it tomorrow if weather conditions are favorable. This will reduce the fuel between the fire and the established contingency line. Firefighters took the wrap off the West Fork cabin since the threat to that structure has passed.
Fire behavior analysts expect no change in fire behavior tomorrow. Spotting distances have the potential to reach about two hundred yards. The higher relative humidity that we’ve had and should continue to have lessens the probability of unburned fuel igniting. Chances of thunderstorms and associated lightning, gusty winds, and rain remain for tonight and tomorrow. Tomorrow could bring wetting rain (1/10 inch or more) to the area.
The volunteer firefighters of the Madison Valley Rural Fire District continue to assist the community by conducting triage assessments, which consist of evaluating property and structures and identifying opportunities to reduce the risk of damage from wildfire.
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/
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