Eureka Fire Morning Update, August 24, 2013
Incident: Eureka Wildfire
Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest
Northern Rockies Type II Incident Management Team
Daily Fact Sheet
Fire Information: (406) 682-4820 Saturday, August 24, 2013 8:00 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: 6,468 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: The Eureka Fire remained within the burned area and contingency lines on Friday. Operations on the east, south, and west flanks focused on identifying any hot spots and possible new spots outside of the fire’s perimeter. Efforts to burn the last remaining fuel in the northwest corner were postponed when winds increased and became erratic. The team was prepared to respond to any new fires in the vicinity and to provide initial attack resources to local agencies if requested. About 0.2 inches of rain fell at the incident command post at Lyons Bridge, but precipitation over the fire was light, if any. Cloud cover over the fire limited the data received from the infrared flight and the accuracy of the amount of heat detected.
The weather on Saturday will see temperatures in the low 70s and humidity around 30% on the fire. Winds will be from the southwest and increase in the afternoon to 10 to 15 mph. These may increase if thunderstorms arrive. Conditions the next several days will see the possibility of continued late afternoon thunderstorms in the area. These may 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 and expected thunderstorm activity.
Today’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, either from the air or ground, 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 is available for any new starts near the fire or if assistance is requested from 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.