Eureka Fire Evening Update, 8/27/13
Incident: Eureka Wildfire
Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest
Northern Rockies Type II Incident Management Team
Daily Fact Sheet
Fire Information: (406) 682-4820 Tuesday, August 27, 2013 7:00 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: 72 percent
Resources: Hand Crews: two Type 2 crews, two camp crews Total Personnel: 199
Engines: 8 Heavy Equipment: 4 skidgines, 5 water tenders Air Support: 1 helicopter
Cost to Date: $4.65 million Injuries: None
Fire Update: The identified rehabilitation needs were completed today. Resources are being demobilized and returned to their home unit, except those remaining for the Madison Ranger District organization. All unneeded supplies and equipment are being brought from the fire to the command post for return to the fire cache. This new Type 3organization will be stationed at the Vigilante Work Center on the Ruby River. Fire suppression efforts were directed at the northern flank of the fire where there are still some hot spots.
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 Type 3 organization. This Type 3 team will shadow the Type 2 team on Wednesday to ensure a smooth transition.
Storms over the fire today brought a small amount of measureable rain. Thunderstorms remain 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. There is a higher chance of thunderstorms and heavier rain on Thursday.
What fire activity remains is mainly creeping and smoldering within unburned fuel. There may be an occasional single tree torching. The likelihood of fire spotting and ignition is low.
Operations on Wednesday will focus on the northern flank. Much of the southern part of the fire will be unstaffed, but will continue to be monitored for any fire activity by Division Supervisors.
Closures: The area closure around the Eureka Fire was rescinded yesterday; however, several roads remain closed to public access.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.