Rock Creek Fire Morning Update August 23, 2013
Incident: Rock Creek Fire Wildfire
Incident: The Rock Creek Fire started on August 20, 2013, at 2:30 p.m. of unknown origin and is under investigation.
Location: 5 miles south of Red Lodge, along U.S. Highway 212.
Agency Jurisdiction: USDA Forest Service, Custer and Gallatin National Forest
Cooperating Agencies: Red Lodge Fire Rescue, Carbon County Sheriff’s Office, Carbon County DES.
Incident Management: Under unified command, Shawn Pearson’s Northern Rockies Type 2 Incident Management Team (IMT) with Red Lodge Fire Rescue. The Incident Command Post (ICP) is located at the Carbon County Fairgrounds in Red Lodge, MT.
Current Size: 900 acres
Containment: 10% Structures Threatened: 127
Status: The fire is burning in sage and timber in steep terrain. The fire is located 5 miles south of Red Lodge. There are private lands in the valley bottom with both private and commercial buildings. U.S. Highway 212 is open to all traffic with 35 mph speed limit through the fire area. There are no evacuations in effect at this time.
Yesterday’s Activities: The structure group continued to provide structure protection along U.S. Highway 212. Crews constructed line on the south flank of the fire. Helicopters provided water drops along the southwest flank of the fire. The west flank of the fire was received retardant drops. Bulldozers continue fire line construction from U.S. Highway 212 at the northeast corner of the fire across the northern flank. Public meeting was held last night and over 100 attendees were informed of the current situations.
Current Resources: Four 20-person crews, ten engines, two pieces of heavy equipment, two water tenders, and two helicopters. Total personnel: 120.
Today’s Activities: Temperatures today will be in the low 80’s with relative humidity in the mid 20’s and southwest winds of 5-10 mph. Thunderstorms may be expected this afternoon with accompanying erratic winds. The fire is expected to behave very similarly as yesterday with continued flanking and backing with short range spotting. Hand crews will continue to scout and build handlines on the southern portion of the fire, and mop up will continue on the northern boundary. Structure protection will continue along U.S. Highway 212.
Restrictions/Closures: Area closure is in effect and Trail # 102 Silver Run Trails, #64 Ingles Creek Trail and #8 Beartrack Trail is closed. A temporary flight restriction (TFR) is in effect surrounding the Rock Creek Fire area.