Nimrod Fire Evening 8/17/13 Update
Incident: Nimrod Fire Wildfire
August 17, 2013 9:00 PM
Contact: Fire Information: Brian LaMoure Phone: 406-825-9257 Email: email@example.com
Location: East of Missoula, between Beavertail and Bearmouth Areas, north of Interstate 90, Granite County
Started: August 15, 2013 around 6:00 pm
Current Size: 600 acres
Cause: Under Investigation
Protection Agency: Montana Department of Natural Resources & Conservation (DNRC)
Narrative: An early morning inversion caused heavy smoke that impacted I-90. Construction of direct line on the east and west perimeter of the fire keep crews busy today. The slightly higher humidities and lower temperatures resulted in moderate fire behavior with backing fire and short range spotting in grass and down fuels. Air support provided water drops throughout the day to extinguish hot spots. Steep rocky terrain and difficult access with high levels of dead and down fuels from pervious fire is a concern to firefighters. Tomorrow’s activity includes continued construction of fire line along the east and west perimeters, removing dead tree snags and strengthening of existing containment lines on the south end of the fire.
Values at Risk: Two high power transmission lines, one natural gas pipeline, one petroleum products pipeline, I-90 corridor, homes and private grazing lands.
Resources on Fire: 209 personnel assigned to the fire. Six 20-person crews are on the fire, including one hotshot crew and 5 Type 2 crews. 2 bulldozers, 3 water tenders, 1 skidgine, and 2 skid steer make up the heavy equipment. Air resources available to the fire include: 2 DNRC medium helicopters; multiple retardant aircraft, and air attack.
SAFETY of firefighters and the public is a priority. Travelers on I-90 should not park along the road, for safety and to reduce the chances of starting a fire.
Very High Fire Danger persists in Granite County and much of Montana. Stage I Fire Restrictions are in effect over much of West Central Montana; visit www.firerestrictions.us to find out more.
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