Eureka Fire Morning Update, 8/27/13
Incident: Eureka Wildfire
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 8:00 a.m.
Fire Information: (406) 682-4820
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
Hand Crews: two Type 1 crews, two Type 2 crews, two camp crews
Total Personnel: 249
Heavy Equipment: 4 skidgines, 8 water tenders
Air Support: 1 helicopters
Cost to Date: $4.4 million
Fire Update: We are at the time on this fire when the daily operations are much the same each day. Assigned resources will continue to search out and cool pockets of heat that have been detected using infrared technology. This practice will be a requirement on the fire for several more days. Backhaul of equipment no longer needed for the suppression effort continues so it can be returned to the supply system. The helicopter crews that have been located at Lyons helibase will dismantle and remove everything from that location by the end of shift today. The demobilization of resources will continue throughout the day.
Yesterday crews made good progress on the hotspots that the morning infrared flight detected because the overnight infrared flight detected significantly fewer hotspots, particularly in the southern two thirds of the fire area.
The Northern Rockies Type 2 team will transfer command of the incident to the Madison Ranger District on Thursday, August 29 at 6:00 a.m. The ranger district will manage the fire with a smaller organization.
Thunderstorms are a possibility in the late afternoon and evening today through Thursday. These storms will generally bring rain, but amounts will vary. Lightning and wind may also accompany these storms. Temperatures today should be slighter cooler than yesterday, with highs 65–67, and the relative humidity should be 36–38 percent.
Closures: The area closure around the Eureka Fire was rescinded yesterday; however, several roads remain closed to public access.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.