Rock Creek Fire Evening 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: 20% Structures Threatened: 114
EVENING UPDATE: Pockets of fuel burned within the fire perimeter. Helicopter bucket drops took place throughout the day to cool hot spots. The structure group continued patrolling for spot fires along U.S. Highway 212, and crews continued mop-up along the south flank of the fire. The west flank of the fire remained unstaffed. Hand and dozer lines were extended along the north flank. Preventative contingency hand lines were begun behind homes in the West Fork of Rock Creek drainage north of the fire.