Rock Creek Fire Evening Update - August 27
Incident: Rock Creek Fire Wildfire
Rock Creek Fire
Beartooth Ranger District
August 27, 2013 6:30 p.m.
Information Officers: Katie Knotek, Tom Rhode, Claire Pitner
Fire Information Line: (406) 446-1041 with answering machine
Office hours: 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
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 southwest 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: 910 acres
Containment: 40% Structures Threatened: 545
EVENING UPDATE: Fire behavior was minimal today due to low wind speeds and cloud cover. Favorable weather allowed crews to make significant progress today. The southern flank of the fire’s perimeter is now contained, and the northern flank of the fire is in patrol status with crews searching for hot spots. Handline behind the homes in the West Fork Rock Creek is complete with crews continuing to remove fuels from the area. There are no evacuations in effect at this time, and all structures listed as threatened are under Stage 1 “Ready” Alert. The speed limit along Highway 212 remains 35 mph.
NOTICE: The Beartooth Highway (US Highway 212) is open between Redlodge and the northeast entrance to Yellowstone, which includes access to Cook City and Silver Gate.
For further information, visit: www.inciweb.org; Select “Rock Creek Fire” in Montana.