Millie Fire Update 9/13 AM

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8:00 a.m. Sep 13, 2012               Web: www.inciweb.org

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Efforts Continue Unabated On Millie Fire

 Bozeman, MT – More than 100 people, including two helicopters and crews, will continue working to contain the Millie Fire, even as management of the fire transfers back  to the Gallatin National Forest at 8:00p.m. Friday night.

 The fire, which began Aug. 28 about 20 miles south of Bozeman, Montana, is now 65 percent contained at 10,185 acres.

 “We’re still fully staffed to finish the work that lies ahead on this fire,” said Incident Commander Tom Suwyn. “We’re leaving the Bozeman District in a comfortable situation with a manageable plan and enough resources to finish this fire up.

 More than 300 people continue work on the fire today, including seven crews, five helicopters, 10 engine, three dozers, one water tender and miscellaneous support personnel. Some of these resources will transfer to the Forest while others will be reassigned to other major fires burning throughout the country.

 Today hand crews and aerial resources will continue to cool the northeast flank of the fire, which is burning in the steep and rugged upper reaches of the Cottonwood Creek drainage. Crews continued mopping up the western flank of the fire on Wednesday and have nearly finished rehabbing the fire line that was dug there.

 Rehabilitation of fire-damaged portions of the forest will be moving forward now that the Burned Area Emergency Response Team is finishing its initial review and fieldwork. Soil scientists, engineers, biologists and hydrologists have identified roads, trails and culverts vulnerable to erosion from flooding and native plants at risk from the spread of existing invasive weeds. To mitigate these effects, the forest plans to reseed some areas and establish traps to retain hillside sediments.

 The Incident Command Post moves Friday to the Bozeman KOA Campground at 81123 Gallatin Road (U.S. 191). For information on the fire, please call the new fire information line at 406-522-2537 beginning 8:00a.m. Friday morning.

 The current fire information line; 1-877-405-0033, will remain active until then.

Millie Fire Update 9/12 PM

Millie Fire Update
9 p.m. Sept. 12, 2012
For Immediate Release

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Hard Work Paying Off For Crews on the Millie Fire

Bozeman, MT – The Millie Fire, located 20 miles south of Bozeman, has reached 65 percent containment and is 10,185 acres. The change in acreage is due to more accurate mapping.

 Observed fire behavior today was a mixture of smoldering and creeping with low flames in subalpine fir and mixed conifer.

Today, crews continued fire suppression repair work on containment lines on the west and southwest portions of the fire. Crews mopped up and worked to extend firelines along the north and south perimeters of the fire, and began suppression repair where mop up has been completed. Helicopters continued to drop water on hot spots along the fire perimeter where ground crews are unable to work due to steep and rugged terrain.

The fire is currently staffed with 329 personnel including 7 crews, 5 helicopters, 10 engines, 3 dozers, 1 water tender, and miscellaneous overhead.

The Great Basin Incident Management Team #4 will return management of the Millie Fire to the Gallatin National Forest this Friday September 14. There will be over 100 firefighters remaining to support the local incident management team. This includes aircraft, handcrews and dozers.

The area closure around the fire remains in place. This includes the South Cottonwood Trail, Hyalite Canyon, Leverich Canyon and Little Bear Road at the Forest boundary, as well as the Storm Castle Road/Canyon, Swan Creek Road above the campground, and the Moose Creek Road above north of Tamphrey Road slit.

Additional Fire Information meetings have yet to be scheduled. For more information, please call 877-405-0033 or 877-390-4323.

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Millie Fire Update 9/12 AM

Millie Fire 
Sep 12, 2012 
For Immediate Release     
 
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Public Meeting Tonight Addresses Millie Fire
 
Bozeman, MT – After holding the Millie Fire in check through three days of Red Flag Warnings, Great Basin Incident Management Team #4 is preparing to turn management of the fire back to the Gallatin National Forest.
 
A public Fire Information Meeting will be held at 6 p.m. today at Hope Lutheran Church, 2152 W. Graf St. in Bozeman. The meeting will address the current situation and anticipated future developments relating to the Millie Fire.
 
“We’ve kept it out of the urban interface and the Bozeman Watershed,” Incident Commander Tom Suwyn said of intensive efforts to cool the fire in the Cottonwood Canyon drainage. Suwyn went on to say “Using helicopter resources and ground crews over three days of dry, hot and windy weather, firefighters have held the fire, and we feel pretty confident as we give it back to the Forest.”
 
The fire, 20 miles south of Bozeman, is now 60 percent contained at 10,205 acres. It began Aug. 28 with a lightning strike.
 
The transfer of command involves releasing most of the 344 people assigned to the fire so they can be available for other fires in the country.
 
Today, soil and water scientists from the Burned Area Emergency Response team wrap up their survey of fire damage and develop a plan to stabilize severely burned areas, especially in the Storm Castle drainage.
           
Because the Millie Fire isn’t yet fully contained, the Area Closure remains in effect for now. This includes roads and trails in Leverich Canyon, Hyalite Canyon and Sourdough Canyon/Bozeman Creek.
 
For more information about the meeting or the fire, please all (877)405-0033 or (877)390-4323.
 
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Bean Canyon Fire Update 9-12-2012

Bean Canyon Fire Fact Sheet

For Immediate Release

DATE: September 12, 2012 TIME: 08:30 Hours

CONTACT: Kerry O’Connell, 406-582-2092

NUMBER OF ACRES: 3,600

CONTAINMENT: 10%

CAUSE: Lightning

LOCATION: About 9 miles east of Toston in Gallatin County on private and state land.

STRUCTURES THREATENED: Historical cabins

FUEL TYPE & TOPOGRAPHY: Grass, timber, and brush in steep terrain

JURISDICTION: Gallatin County

ASSISTING ENTITIES: Property owners; Local Fire Departments from Gallatin and Broadwater Counties; Department of Natural Resources and Conservation; US Forest Service

RESOURCES:
PERSONNEL: 100             SKIDGINES: 1
ENGINES: 12                      HELICOPTERS: 3
WATER TENDERS: 5       FIXED WING AIRCRAFT: 2
BULLDOZERS: 2

CURRENT SITUATION:
Winds out of the northwest of 8-12 mph pushed the Bean Canyon Fire mainly to the east yesterday. Crews continued to work on securing line with the most success on the north end of the fire. Dozer lines were constructed on the west and east sides using old logging roads near the perimeter of the fire. Helicopters were used to cool hot spots along the Sixteen Mile Road and the east and south sides of the fire. An air tanker was also used to drop retardant on the southeast corner of the fire.
Predicted weather on the fire today is for slightly cooler temperatures of 55-60, relative humidity of 11-15% and winds out of the northwest at 5-10 mph. This predicted weather could cause more growth on the east and south sides of the fire today.

ACTIONS PLANNED:
Firefighters will continue to construct dozer line using old logging roads and hold and secure existing fire line. Crews may burn out from the fire to dozer lines to strengthen containment lines.

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Bean Canyon Fire Update 9/11/12

MEDIA RELEASE

For Immediate Release                                                               Contact: Kerry O’Connell
                                                                                                             Phone: 406-582-2092
9/11/2012 13:35                                                               http://www.ReadyGallatin.com

Bean Canyon Fire Update

The Bean Canyon Fire, burning about 9 miles east of Toston in Gallatin County, is now estimated at 3,000 acres. The fire is burning on private and State land and was reported on September 10, 2012 at about 1:15 PM. Authorities have confirmed it was caused by lightning.

County, State, and Federal firefighters worked on the fire throughout the night and more resources have joined the firefighting efforts today. The Department of Natural Resources and Conservation is providing County Assist to Gallatin County and the fire is currently being managed by a Type 3 Organization with approximately 100 personnel assigned for today’s operations.

The current resources assigned to the fire include:

  • 8 Engines
  • 2 Dozers
  • 1 Skidgine
  • 6 Tenders
  • 2 Helicopters
  • 3 Fixed Wing Aircraft

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Millie Fire Update 9/11 AM

Millie Fire Update                  Email: mtmilliefire2012@gmail.com

8:00 a.m. Sept 11, 2012                                     Web: www.inciweb.org For Immediate Release                      Phone:  (877) 405-0033 7:00 am – 10:00 pm

                                                                                  (877) 390-4323 7:00 am – 10:00 pm

 

 

Third Day of Continual Red Flag Weather Tests Containment

 

Bozeman, MT – The Millie Fire, burning on the Gallatin National Forest twenty miles south of Bozeman, is 45 percent contained and remains at 10,205 acres. 

 

Although the area is currently experiencing cooler weather, firefighters still anticipate a challenge. “We’re still under a Red Flag warning for today with high winds and low relative humidity, … a column of smoke is likely to be visible in the local area today.” said National Weather Service Incident Meteorologist, Ken Simosko. 

 

Firefighters continue to secure existing containment lines and work to eliminate heat sources in the Big Bear and Cottonwood areas on the north and along the southeastern flank of the fire. 

 

As winds allow the five helicopters will work to cool heat in the top of the Cottonwood drainage.

 

A Burned Area Emergency Response Team continues to survey fire damage, making plans to stabilize severely burned areas. Some parts of the fire burned intensely and some streams may see erosion and run-off altering stream biology for a time until slopes grow new vegetation. 

 

The Millie Fire is still dangerous and has potential to spread. Therefore the Millie Fire Area Closure remains in effect until it is safe for the public to re-enter the area. 

 

The Sourdough Canyon Trail near Bozeman Creek is open to the public on the north side of the fire.  Additional nearby recreational areas to visit include; Bang Tail Trail, Chess Nut Mountain, Bear Canyon, Bridger Mountains, Crazy Mountains, and the Absaroka-Beartooth.

 

A Fire Information Meeting will be held Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 6:00 p.m. at Hope Lutheran Church, 2152 W. Graf St., in Bozeman.  For more information, please call (877)405-0033 or (877)390-4323.

 

 

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Millie Fire Update 9/10 PM

 

Millie Fire Update          Email: mtmilliefire2012@gmail.com
8:00 p.m. Sep 10, 2012              Web: www.inciweb.org
For Immediate Release                 Phone:  (877) 405-0033 7:00 am – 10:00 pm
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Firelines Holding on Second Day of Red Flag Warnings
 
Bozeman, MT – The Millie Fire is now 45 percent contained and remains at 10,205 acres. Firefighters continued their efforts today securing existing containment lines and doing so during today’s strong winds.
We’re two thirds of the way thru the weather event, and while I feel pretty good, I’m still keeping my fingers crossed.” said Tracy Dunford, Deputy Incident Commander. He went on to say “A Red Flag warning continues to be in effect through tomorrow with hotter temperatures, lower humidity and stronger winds … predicted conditions tomorrow, while milder, still require our firefighters to be alert to continued critical fire weather.”
There was a small increase in fire behavior today due to the strong winds and high temperatures and lower relative humidity. Today, aerial resources played a major part in suppression by keeping the fire within the pretreated aerial retardant lines at the head of South Cottonwood Drainage. Air support is critical in the steep, rocky terrain, because placing crews in such an environment is hazardous.
Today, 24 students and school staff from Gallatin Gateway School visited the Millie Fire Incident Command Post.  During the tour, students were treated to a fire update and learned about jobs and topics related to managing the Millie Fire.  The hour and a half tour included meeting aviation staff and viewing a helicopter, assisting the Incident Meteorologist in launching a weather balloon and learning how to predict fire behavior.
A Forest Service Burned Area Emergency Response Team started its initial assessment of the burned area and will continue to work with suppression resources to evaluate negative effects caused by the fire. Ash and other debris from the most impacted areas of the fire may cause injury to aquatic animals and plants to show up in the drainages.
Seven crews, 10 engines, five helicopters, seven dozers and one water tender are working on the fire.  A total of 357 personnel are assigned to the incident. 
Additional Fire Information Meetings have yet to be scheduled. For more information, please call(877)405-0033 or (877)390-4323.
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Millie Fire Update 9/10 AM

Millie Fire Update                 
8:00 a.m. Sept 10, 2012                                   
For Immediate Release
Phone: (877) 405-0033 7:00 am – 10:00 pm

(877) 390-4323 7:00 am – 10:00 pm

Firefighters Focus on Cottonwood While Red Flag Weather Persists

Bozeman, MT – The Millie Fire, burning on the Gallatin National Forest twenty miles south of Bozeman, remains at 10,205 acres with 40 percent containment.

Firefighters continue strengthening existing containment lines and working to eliminate heat sources in the Big Bear and Cottonwood areas to the north and along the southern flank of the fire as Red Flag fire weather continues today. Firefighters anticipate increasing winds throughout the day between 25-35 miles per hour with gusts up to 40 miles per hour tonight as a cold front moves into the area.

Although thunderstorms and showers sprinkled the Bozeman area last night, no appreciable amount of rain was measured on the fire itself.

Since the fire is still active, with potential to spread, the Millie Fire Area Closure is still in effect. The closure will remain in place until it is safe for the public to re-enter the area. The Sourdough Canyon Trail near Bozeman Creek is open to the public on the north side of the fire. Additional nearby recreational areas to visit include; Bang Tail Trail, Chess Nut Mountain, Bear Canyon, Bridger Mountains, Crazy Mountains, and the Absaroka-Beartooth.

Helicopters will continue to be used to support crews on the ground with water drops in the Cottonwood drainage and along the southern line of the fire as favorable weather conditions allow.

A Burned Area Emergency Response Team has been activated and will begin developing a plan to alleviate the negative effects of the fire on the land even as the firefighting effort continues.

Additional fire Information meetings may be scheduled. For more information, please call (877) 405-0033 or (877)390-4323.

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Millie Fire Update 9/8 PM

Millie Fire Update                  8:00 p.m. Sep 8, 2012                                       

Email: mtmilliefire2012@gmail.com
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Phone: (877) 405-0033 7:00 am – 10:00 pm

(877) 390-4323 7:00 am – 10:00 pm

Firefighters Reinforce Containment Line as Red Flag Weather Approaches

Bozeman, MT – The Millie Fire, twenty miles south of Bozeman, is now 40 percent contained and remains at 10,205 acres. Firefighters continued their efforts today on strengthening existing containment lines in advance of weather that may cause fire growth.

A Red Flag warning due to hotter temperatures, lower humidity and stronger winds from the south west are expected to arrive tomorrow afternoon and continue through Tuesday.

Today the west flank was cool, with no new heat along the containment lines. On the north side, firefighters worked east toward South Cottonwood Creek to secure the containment line. Once again, large helicopters dropped water in the upper end of South Cottonwood Canyon. On the south side, a three acre spot fire crossed the containment line two and a half miles west of Hyalite Ridge. Helicopters supported handcrews as they diligently worked to re-establish the line around the spot.

While large helicopters dropped water, smaller helicopters shuttled gear and personnel from a spike camp in South Cottonwood Canyon to another spike camp on the north side of the fire.

Structure protection forces installed pumps and hose lays around Forest Service cabins and other structures in Hyalite Canyon.

Today there are now 15 crews, 12 engines, four helicopters, seven dozers and one water tender working on the fire. A total of 545 personnel are assigned to the incident.

Although very little smoke was observed over the past few days, fire remains very active in many areas, creating unsafe conditions for the public. Predicted weather poses the very real possibility of increased activity. While many Gallatin National Forest users are anxious to get back into the forest, closures remain in effect for several reasons. Roads and trails within the fire area are heavily used by fire traffic, making them unsafe for the motoring public.

Additional fire Information meetings may be scheduled if the need arises. For more information, please call (877)405-0033 or (877)390-4323.

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Millie Fire Update 9/8 AM

Millie Fire Update 8:00 a.m. Sep 8, 2012

 For Immediate Release
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Phone: (877) 405-0033 7:00 am – 10:00 pm
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Fire Line Construction Pace Increases Ahead of Predicted Conditions
Bozeman, MT – Pete Goetzinger, Operations Chief, told Millie Fire crews at this morning’s 6:00a.m. briefing: “Once again, we’re taking advantage of today’s weather – as we have over the last couple of days – we’re able to get firefighters into some of the steep, rugged country on the north and east parts of the fire. We know this fire is soon going to see lower humidity, much stronger winds and warmer temps … we’ve been doing our best to prep our firelines, especially on the lines protecting Bear, and Cottonwood Canyons.”
Today firefighters will be cooling hotspots and continuing constructing new line and reinforcing existing line on the steep and difficult eastern and northern edges of the fire. Their work has paid off with the Millie Fire, now estimated at 10,205 acres and 35 percent contained.
Two heavy helicopters will continue to do water drops as needed and the lighter ships will support crews by hauling equipment and supplies. One additional heavy helicopter may be temporarily available for part of the day.
While many Gallatin National Forest users are anxious to get back into the forest, closures need to remain in effect for several reasons. Roads and trails within the fire area are being heavily used by fire vehicles and crews, making them unsafe for the public. Although very little smoke was observed over the past few days, fire remains active in many areas, creating unsafe conditions for the public. The predicted weather poses the very real possibility of increased fire activity.
Critical fire weather will occur Sunday through Tuesday. Strong southwest winds, temperatures much above normal, and low relative humidity will cause fire activity to pick up. Today the weather forecast shows clear, sunny skies and drier humidity. The temperature will be between 68-72 degrees.
There are 500 personnel assigned to the incident. Resources include four helicopters, 13 crews, 12 engines, eight dozers and one water tender.
Motorists are again reminded of increased fire traffic along U.S. Highway 191 and to use caution around the fire area this weekend.
Additional Fire Information meetings have yet to be determined. For more information, please call 877-405-0033 or 877-390-4323.
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