Daily Update - Sept 7, 2013
Incident: Beaver Creek Fire Wildfire
September 7 2013
Beaver Creek Fire
Beaverhead- Deerlodge National Forest
September 7 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 heavy dead down and bug damaged lodgepole pine.
Yesterday’s activities included a recon flight to assess potential of continued fire growth. The fire is smoldering despite the wetting rain on Thursday afternoon. Diane Hutton’s team presented the long term management plan to area cooperators on Friday. The plan predicts limited fire growth over the next two weeks. Even though some moisture was received on the fire it is still not safe to directly attack the fire because of the number of snags and unpredictable wind and weather conditions. In addition given the time of year and fire’s location deep with the Wilderness Area resource impacts are minimized by the suppression approach being implemented by fire managers.
The incident will be transitioning to a Type 3 Team. Lee Dueker will assume command of the Beaver Creek Fire on Sunday morning. Fire fighters will be resuming rehabilitation work in the fire area today. This work is expected to take three to four days. Fire activity is expected to be minimal but smokes may appear where there is heat and wind. The Type 3 helicopter will be used for transporting the firefighters and supplies into the spike camp near the fire. It is also available for area initial attack support should fires emerge from the recent lightning storms.
Updates for the Beaver Creek Fire will be less frequent unless significant fire activity occurs.
Trail Closures: Trail closures for the Pintler Trail #203 Beaver Creek Trail #3368 and Mystic Trail #3369 are rescinded. Call the Wisdom Ranger District at 406-689-3243 for updates to closure information. Forest Users and archery hunters should be sure campfires and warming fires are extinguished.
For more information about the Beaver Creek Fire go to inciweb.nwcg.gov and click on Beaver Creek.