Cottonwood Gulch Fire Evening Update
Date: October 12, 2015 Time of Update: 20:00
Media Contact: Kerry O’Connell 406-539-2559
Date and Time of Ignition: October 11, 2015, 11:15 AM
Cause: Human-caused, under investigation
Size: 8,300 acres (acreage reduced due to more accurate mapping)
People Assigned to the Fire: 96
Resources Assigned to the Fire: 5 helicopters (1 helicopter was released from the fire to respond to a new ignition in Beaverhead County this afternoon), 15 engines, 3 water tenders, 1 20-person hand crew
Injuries Reported: 0
Residences Currently Threatened: 20
Structures Burned: 1 outbuilding
Today’s Activities: Although temperatures remained in the 70s, winds were light. The light winds made it possible for crews to make good progress securing the perimeter using bucket drops from helicopters on hot spots. Fire behavior today included interior unburned islands of fuel, single tree torching, creeping, and smoldering.
Planned Activities for Tomorrow: Crews will continue to secure line and mop-up the perimeter of the fire. Burn-out operations to reinforce existing control lines may continue tomorrow which will produce smoke intermittently throughout the day. Interior unburned islands of fuel may also produce smoke, particularly during the hottest part of the day.