Daily Update - Sept 4, 2013
Incident: Beaver Creek Fire Wildfire
Beaver Creek Fire
Beaverhead- Deerlodge National Forest
September 4, 2013
Detected: August 30, 2013
Location: 18 miles NNW of Wisdom, MT near Continental Divide, 4.5 miles northwest of Pintler Lake
Incident Commander: Diane Hutton
Acres Burned: 75
Contact: Glenda Scott or Peri Suenram, Public Information Officers
Office: (406) 689-3243
The lightning caused Beaver Creek Fire, located in the Anaconda Pintler Wilderness Area, remains at 75 acres and is located in bug killed lodgepole pine amidst snags from older fires.
The initial suppression tactics are being revised as there is no safe place to deploy firefighters for direct attack of the fire. The lack of safety zones, snags and spotty nature of the burn are creating unsafe fire fighting conditions. Due to these conditions, crews were shuttled via helicopter out of the fire area yesterday. Light rain was received on the fire and it did not grow in size. There are interior smokes in some areas.
Today Hutton’s Wildland Fire Management Team assumed command of the fire. This team offers experienced fire suppression skills and includes members with qualifications to help plan for longer-duration fires. The team includes a long- term analyst and strategic operations planner to project probable fire behavior and movement over several weeks. With the break in weather, the team will focus on developing a long term plan to identify management action points to protect values at risk that are consistent with land management objectives.
Today’s weather is expected to remain cool with higher humidity and a 40% chance of heavy rain and hail. The wildland fire module (8 person crew) remains assigned to the fire to conduct rehabilitation of the fire lines, however, operations will be limited today because of the weather. Equipment will be backhauled from the wilderness spike camps when it is safe to do so, and firefighters will be scouting for opportunities to delay fire spread should the fire move out of the wilderness. The Type 3 helicopter will be used for the backhaul and the Type 1 helicopter is available for water bucket drops if fire behavior increases.
Trail Closures: For public safety, trail closures remain in effect (2013 – D2/D3-042 and 047) closing Pintler Trail #203, Beaver Creek Trail #3368, and Mystic Trail #3369. The Continental Divide National Scenic Trail (CDNST) and Pintler campground remain open.
For more information about the Beaver Creek Fire go to inciweb.nwcg.gov and click on Beaver Creek.