Nimrod Fire August 18, 2013, Morning Update
Incident: Nimrod Fire Wildfire
August 18, 2013 8:00 AM
Contact: Fire Information: Brian LaMoure Phone: 406-825-9257 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Protection Agency: Montana Department of Natural Resources & Conservation (DNRC)
Narrative: Yesterday crews constructed direct fireline, flanking the fire on the eastern edge and through a previously burned area on the western edge, successfully keeping the fire west of Dry Gulch. Crews today will continue construction of fireline along the east and west flanks, strengthen containment lines along the southern flank of the fire, and begin mop up a minimum of one chain (66 feet) from fire perimeter. Slightly higher humidities and lower temperatures are expected to result in moderate fire behavior with backing fire and short range spotting in grass and down fuels. Safety on steep rocky terrain, difficult access, and dead and down fuels from a previous fire continue to be a concern. High winds are predicted during the afternoon, firefighters will be prepared in case fire behavior increases.
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 are assigned to the fire. Six 20-person crews are on the fire, including one hotshot crew and five Type 2 crews. Two bulldozers, 3 water tenders, and 3 engines comprise the heavy equipment resources. One Type 3 helicopter is assigned to the fire; 2 Type 2 DNRC helicopters are available for additional support.
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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