Eureka Fire Evening Update, August 26, 2013
Incident: Eureka Wildfire
Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest
Northern Rockies Type II Incident Management Team
Daily Fact Sheet
Fire Information: (406) 682-4820 Monday, August 26, 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: 50 percent
Resources: Hand Crews: two Type 1 crews, two Type 2 crews, two camp crews Total Personnel: 249
Engines: 14 Heavy Equipment: 4 skidgines, 8 water tenders Air Support: 2 helicopters
Cost to Date: $4.4million Injuries: None
Fire Update: Fire crews worked on rehabilitation efforts today. Much of the rehabilitation was done on the contingency line where trees had been pushed over during construction. This included spreading the downed trees across the line and lopping and scattering the tops. Other rehab focused on removing snags along roads and trails for public safety. If any creek flow had been impacted by water drafting operations, the flow was restored to near its original condition. Suppression actions focused on improvements to the contingency and hand lines. Aerial use of portable infrared units identified a few hot spots in the fire perimeter. Those that can be safely accessed will be cooled down over the next few days. The heliwell was disassembled and removed today. Firefighters removed hose, pumps, and water tanks off the fire line and they were returned to camp. Engines and crews are being demobilized as the new fire organization directed by the Madison Ranger District is being put into place over the next few days. Management of the fire will be returned to the Madison RD from the Northern Rockies IMT this Thursday at 6 a.m. They will have a smaller organization take over the fire’s management.
Weather over the area the next several days will see continuation of afternoon thunderstorms. These will generally have rain, but amounts will vary. Lightning and wind may also occur with these storms. Temperatures will be in the mid-60s and minimum humidity will be around the mid-30’s.
A heliwell was one of the tools used on the Eureka Fire. This portable water tank has rigid sides and an internal bladder that can be easily assembled in a few hours. When disassembled, it can be transported by a pickup or slung under a helicopter. There are several sizes of heliwells that can hold about 10,000 to 15,000 gallons of water or fire retardant. A heliwell can be used to fill larger helicopters using a snorkel or helicopters carrying buckets beneath them.
Heavy helicopter loading with water from heliwell on Eureka Fire.
Closures: The area closure around the Eureka Fire was rescinded today. Several roads remain closed to public access. FS Road 290 (Gravelly Range Road) is closed from its junction with FS Road 237 (Standard Creek Road) to its junction with FS Road 100 (Ruby River Road). FS Road 1012 (Cottonwood Road) is closed from its junction with FS Road 290 (Gravelly Range Road) to its junction with FS Road 100 (Ruby River Road). The public is asked to be vigilant and watch for fire personnel and equipment as it accesses the Gravelly Range.
Special Concerns: New fire starts, human-caused and lightning. 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.