Eureka Fire Evening Update, August 23, 2013
Incident: Eureka Wildfire
Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest
Northern Rockies Type II Incident Management Team
Daily Fact Sheet
Fire Information: (406) 682-4820 Friday, August 23, 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: 6,468 acres Containment: 35 percent
Resources: Hand Crews: two Type 1 crews, two Type 2 crews, two camp crews Total Personnel: 316
Engines: 25 Heavy Equipment: 1 dozer, 6 skidgines, 10 water tenders Air Support: 4 helicopters
Cost to Date: $3.5 million Injuries: None
Fire Update: Today the fire was slightly active on the northwest flank. Some single- and group-tree torching was seen within the fire’s perimeter when winds increased. One spot occurred outside of the fire’s perimeter, but was caught by crews. Weather conditions precluded the possibility of continued burnouts to reduce the fuel between the contingency line and the burned area in the northwest side. The rest of the fire was calm with little activity. The structure protection wrap on the West Fork Cabin was removed today since the threat has decreased.
The weather today was quite variable, with little to no rain on the fire, but substantial downpours in the surrounding valleys as strong thunder cells passed through. Lightning on the periphery of these cells produced a number of new lightning strikes and the need for initial attack by local fire departments. The Incident Management Team was prepared to support their initial attack if requested. Conditions the next several days will see the possibility of continued late afternoon thunderstorms in the area. These will be accompanied by erratic, gusty winds and lightning. Additional burnouts on the northwest side of the fire are highly dependent on wind speed and direction.
Tomorrow’s operations will continue the patrolling and monitoring of all edges of the burned area. Palm IRs will be used to assist in detecting hot spots and determining the need for mopup. If winds are favorable, a burnout may occur in the remaining unburned fuel in the northwest. Because of the amount of lightning received and possible over the next several days, an initial attack group will be available for any new starts near the fire or if assistance is requested from the local agencies.
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 campfires and other activities in the area so firefighters can remain dedicated to finishing their suppression of the current fire.
More Information: For more up-to-date information, maps, and photos, visit www.inciweb.org and select Eureka from the incident drop-down menu, or call (406) 682-4820.