Rock Creek Fire Morning Fact Sheet - August 30
Incident: Rock Creek Fire Wildfire
Rock Creek Fire
Beartooth Ranger District
August 30, 2013 7:00 a.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, MT 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: 950 acres
Containment: 60% Structures Threatened: 546
Status: The fire is burning in sage and timber in steep terrain. The fire is located 5 miles southwest of Red Lodge. There are no evacuations in effect at this time, and all structures listed as threatened are under Stage 1 “Ready” Alert. Local traffic through the East Side Road off U.S. Hwy 212 should take precautions and avoid unnecessary stopping for the safety of helicopter operations. The Beartooth Highway (U.S. Hwy 212) is open between Red Lodge and the Northeast Entrance to Yellowstone National Park, which includes access to Cooke City and Silver Gate. The community of Red Lodge is open for business and campgrounds in the local area remain open.
Yesterday’s Activities: Fire behavior was minimal due to low wind speeds and cloud cover in the afternoon. A late afternoon thunderstorm produced 0.35 inches of rain on portions of the fire. 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 continued in the West Fork of Rock Creek utilizing heavy equipment.
Current Resources: Five 20-person crews, two engines, and four helicopters. Total personnel: 254.
Today’s Activities: Today’s weather will be similar to yesterday with light winds and a lesser chance of afternoon thunderstorms. Operations will focus on the southwestern flank of the fire to complete handline and extinguish hot spots.
Restrictions/Closures: A Custer National Forest area closure is in effect and includes closure of Silver Run Trail #102, Ingles Creek Trail #35, Beartrack Trail #8, and Silver Run Plateau Trail #60. A temporary flight restriction (TFR) is in effect surrounding the Rock Creek Fire area. Stage 1 fire restrictions are in place for the Beartooth Ranger District, except for the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness. Stage 2 fire restrictions are in place for Carbon County.
For further information, visit: www.inciweb.org; Select “Rock Creek Fire” in Montana.