Eureka Fire Morning Update, August 28, 2013 - Final Update
Incident: Eureka Wildfire
Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest
Northern Rockies Type II Incident Management Team
Daily Fact Sheet
Fire Information: (406) 682-4820 Wednesday, August 28, 2013 8:00 a.m.
Office hours: 7:00 a.m. to 08:00 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 Total Personnel: 199
Resources: Hand Crews: two Type 2 crews, two camp crews Engines: 8 Heavy Equipment: 4 skidgines, 5 water tenders Air Support: 1 helicopter Cost to Date: $4.65 million Injuries: None
This is the last Daily Fact Sheet for the Eureka Fire from this team unless conditions change.
Fire Update: Yesterday’s operations concentrated on patrolling the northern flank where the hand line had been constructed. The remainder of the fire’s perimeter was patrolled by Division Supervisors. Equipment continued to be returned to camp for return to the fire cache. Wednesday will have the same operations as the newly developed fire organization takes shape.
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.
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.
Tom Heintz’s Northern Rockies IMT extends a big thank you to all of the cooperators for their support in the suppression efforts on the Eureka Fire! The community attendance at the public meetings, the genuine interest in how our plans were developed and working, and the daily constructive feedback are indications that were working together to stabilize this fire. The necessity of having the local law enforcement and fire authorities involved in our daily planning is important to us as the incident progresses, particularly in the initial stages when escalation of the incident was a possibility. Your local authorities extended themselves in joining with us, while continuing their daily response and service to this community.
The community openly showed support for our firefighters. Many of the engines and crews are from other distant parts of this country. They do recognize the showings of support, and it is a great boost to morale. As they travel home, we remind them of the fact that we have had no serious accidents on this incident and we want to keep it that way!
Closures: 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. With transfer of command, Inciweb may not be updated frequently. The fire information telephone line will close today. For information, contact the Madison Ranger District (406) 682-4253.