Rock Creek Fire Evening Update - August 28
Incident: Rock Creek Fire Wildfire
Rock Creek Fire
Beartooth Ranger District
August 28, 2013 7:00 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: 920 acres
Containment: 50% Structures Threatened: 546
EVENING UPDATE: Fire behavior was minimal today due to low wind speeds and cloud cover in the afternoon. Firefighters continued work utilizing established pump operations out of Cyclone Creek to suppress hot spots in the drainage along the fire’s western perimeter. The remainder of the fire’s perimeter was in patrol status. Slash removal was also continued in the West Fork of Rock Creek utilizing heavy equipment. Congressman Steve Daines visited the Incident Command Post for a briefing on the incident and took a flight over the fire to look at current and past fire activity.
NOTICE: The Beartooth Highway (US Highway 212) is open between Red Lodge and the Northeast Entrance to Yellowstone, which includes access to Cooke City and Silver Gate.
For further information, visit: www.inciweb.org; Select “Rock Creek Fire” in Montana.