Miner Paradise Complex Midday Update for 8-31

Students from the Arrowhead School District #75 watch helicopter operations during a recent tour of the Incident Command Post for the Miner Paradise Complex.
Students from the Arrowhead School District #75 watch helicopter operations during a recent tour of the Incident Command Post for the Miner Paradise Complex.

This is the final update from the Eastern Montana Type II Incident Management Team.

Crews on the Miner Paradise Complex continue to chase hot spots along the southeast edge of the Emigrant Fire. A hot shot crew is constructing line in a bowl near Monitor Creek to ensure the fire doesn’t cross the creek as there has been light to moderate fire activity dominated by ground fire with isolated single tree and group torching. There is little to no visible smoke on the remainder of the fires but crews continue to mop up and check for hot spots on the Horsetail Fire. Air resources are patrolling as well.

McBrattney’s Type II IMT under Wally Bennett will assume command of the fires at 6 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 1.

CLOSURES: As of noon Sunday, Sept. 1, the closure surrounding the Emigrant Fire will be reduced.

The new closure boundaries will be immediately north of Gold Prize Creek drainage along Emigrant Peak east to Arrastra and running along the west fork of Mill Creek. West Fork Mill Creek Road and trailhead are open. The area of Cedar Creek beyond the trailhead and around the historic OTO ranch remain closed.

Other areas of interest:

  • Thompson Lake – Open
  • Monitor Peak Trail – Closed
  • Knox Lake Trail – Open
  • Fish Lake Trail – Closed

All visitors should be aware closures are based on the fire and expected fire activity and are subject to change.

Miner Paradise Complex AM Update 8-31

Start date:  August 16, 2013   (N. Eightmile)

Contact:  Mariah Leuschen, Heather Noel      

Direct Information Land Lines:  (406) 333-9961, (406) 333-9971

Email:  minerparadisecomplex@gmail.com

This will be the final daily update from the Eastern Montana Type II Incident Management Team. A Type II IMT under the command of Wally Bennett will assume control of the complex at 6 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 1, and updates will continue through email and Inciweb (http://inciweb.org/incident/3657/).

Closures: Closures around the Horsetail Fire in the Hyalite Recreation Area – near Bozeman, MT and the Sheep Fire in Tom Miner Basin – near Gardiner, MT have been reduced, as of noon Thursday, August 29, 2013. Specifics are listed per fire regarding Tom Miner area and Horsetail Fire area closures.

FIRE RESTRICTIONS

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are in effect for the Gallatin National Forest including the Absaroka –Beartooth Wilderness and the Beartooth Ranger District, Custer National Forest (excluding the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness)

Park County implemented a burn ban for all outdoor burning effective August 22.

Park County 911 encourages residents to sign up for Emergency notifications with your cell at: www.livingstonmontana.org and www.parkcounty.org

FIRE INFORMATION:

Location:  Sheep Fire in Tom Miner Basin, North Eightmile and Horsetail fires along Gallatin Crest, Emigrant Fire – 8 miles south of Emigrant

Combined Current Size:  Approximately 11,897 acres, 4 fires            Overall Containment: 52%

Emigrant Fire: Approximately 10,770 acres, Sheep Fire: Approximately 570 acres, North Eightmile Fire: Approximately 414 acres, Horsetail Fire:  Approximately 143 acres. Resources Assigned: 3 Hotshot crews, 5 20-person crews, 4 helicopters, and 2 engines.

Total personnel:  369. Additional resources will be demobilizing throughout today.

FIRE UPDATE:

Fire activity was light Friday and that behavior is expected to carry over into today. Firefighters worked to secure edges of the fire and continued to mop up more areas along the fires’ perimeters.

FIRE NAME:  Emigrant Fire

DATE OF DETECTION:  July 21, 2013

CAUSE:  Lightning

CURRENT SIZE:  approximately 10,770 acres

CONTAINMENT:  56%

LOCATION:  South of Emigrant Peak between Gold Prize Creek and North Fork Sixmile Creek

AGENCY:  Gallatin National Forest

PERSONNEL AND RESOURCES ON THE FIRE: 3 Type 1 crew, 2 Type 2 IA crews, and 1 engine

SATURDAY’S PLANNED ACTIVITY: Firefighters will continue to seek out hot spots, construct line where needed and mop up deeper into the interior on the southern, western and eastern edges of the fire while working on rehabbing lines on the northern perimeter.

FRIDAY’S ACTIVITY: Fire activity ranged from creeping and smoldering, to hot spots along the fire’s edge but remained minimal overall. Crews continued fire line construction and mop up along areas of the fire while placing direct handline on the southern edge of the fire and battling several hot spots.

CLOSURES & OTHER INFORMATION:  The Emigrant Fire Closure includes National Forest System lands along the western boundary, north to National Forest System Lands around Chico in section 13, running east to the West Fork of the Mill Creek Road including Chico Peak. Trail # 78 Wicked Trail is closed.  This closure extends south to Fish, Knox, and Thompson Lakes. Monitor Peak and trails leading to are also closed continuing west and including all National Forest System Lands directly adjacent to Dome Mountain WMA. The Monitor Peak Trail #61, Trail #62 to Knox and Fish Lakes along with Trail #33 bumping into Trail #60 to Monitor Peak from the South. A full map is available on Inciweb under maps. Additional Trail closures include  the North Fork of Bear Creek #60, Knox Lake #64 and #279 Monitor Peak Connector Trail on the Gardiner and Yellowstone R.D.’s 

The Forest Service portion of Sixmile Creek Road from its junction with the Dailey Lake Road will be closed until further notice. The Sixmile Creek Trail (#61) and North Fork of Sixmile Creek Trail (#606) will be closed to their junction with Trail #601 north of Monitor Peak.

People traveling near the Emigrant Fire Helibase are urged to be cautious of fire personnel and the helicopter operating near Conlin Road.

FIRE NAME:  Sheep Fire

DATE OF DETECTION:  August 12, 2013

CAUSE:  Lightning

CURRENT SIZE:  approximately 570 acres

CONTAINMENT:  100%

LOCATION:  Sawtooth Mountain in Tom Miner Basin, approximately 25 miles northwest of Gardiner

AGENCY:  Gallatin National Forest

PERSONNEL AND RESOURCES ON THE FIRE: 1 Type 2 IA crew.

Firefighters achieved 100% containment on the Sheep Fire on Thursday. On Saturday, crews will continue to patrol the fire’s perimeter and walk along a grid looking for any smokes or hot spots as well as rehab fire lines.

CLOSURES & OTHER INFORMATION:  Tom Miner Basin: The Tom Miner Basin Road leading up to and including the Tom Miner Campground was opened yesterday. As well as the upper Tom Miner basin that includes trail # 120 from Tom Miner Campground leading to Buffalo Horn Pass as well as the Sunlight Creek Trail # 291 will be opened. The Divide Creek Road #3250 will also be opened.  An area around the Sheep Fire from Sheep Creek to the west and Grizzly Creek to the east and the Forest Boundary to the north and Yellowstone National Park boundary to the south will remain closed. This includes Horse Creek Trail #297 that leads to Shooting Star Lake

FIRE NAME:  Horsetail Fire

DATE OF DETECTION:  August 11, 2013

CAUSE:  Lightning

CURRENT SIZE:  approximately 143 acres

CONTAINMENT:  0%

LOCATION:  ½ mile north of Horsetail Falls, east of Flanders Mountain

AGENCY:  Gallatin National Forest

PERSONNEL AND RESOURCES ON THE FIRE: 1 Type 2 crew

On Friday, resources patrolled the fire by air and observed little activity. Saturday, a squad will patrol the perimeter of the fire around Flanders Lake, seeking out any hot spots and smoke.

CLOSURES: Hyalite Recreation Area: As of Friday, in the Hyalite Creek drainage, the public is allowed back into the West Fork of Hyalite Creek all the way to Hyalite Peak. This means Chisholm and Hood Creek Campgrounds, Maxey and Window Rock Cabins, as well as the Crescent Lake Trail and Palace Butte Trailhead that leads to Hyalite Peak and Grotto Falls will be open. The East Fork of Hyalite Creek will remain closed, including the Palisade Falls Trailhead and Picnic area, Emerald and Heather Lakes Trailhead and Flanders Creek drainage.

FIRE NAME:  North Eightmile Fire

DATE OF DETECTION:  August 16, 2013

CAUSE:  Lightning

CURRENT SIZE:  approximately 414 acres

CONTAINMENT:  17%

LOCATION:  North Fork Eightmile Creek, approximately 20 miles southwest of Livingston

AGENCY:  Gallatin National Forest

PERSONNEL AND RESOURCES ON THE FIRE: Unstaffed, air patrol.

The fire was monitored by aircraft Friday and very little fire activity was observed from the fire. An aerial patrol will continue today.

FIRE WEATHER: Saturday’s weather will see a generally westerly flow with cooler, drier air moving in. Temperatures will be in the 70s to 80s with humidity 25-30% and winds out of the west at 10-15 mph.

Cooperating Agencies:  Custer and Gallatin National Forests, Park County DES and Sheriff’s Department, Gallatin Co DES and Sheriff’s Department, Paradise Valley Rural Fire, MT DNRC.

For further information, go to: http://www.inciweb.org

Each of the fires are currently listed under the Miner Paradise Complex.

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Child/Parent Safety Information

For Immediate Release:

Belgrade, Mont. — On August 30, 2013, the Belgrade Police Department received information from staff at Quaw-Heck Elementary School that an adult male approached a student with the school’s After School Program. The male reportedly called the student over to the playground fence and offered the student candy. A staff member observed the interaction and called for the student to come back towards the school, at which time the male turned and walked away on foot. The incident was reported to have taken place at approximately 5:00pm on August 29th. The male is described as an adult white male, approximately 30-35 years old, with short dark hair, a medium build and of medium height. He was said to be wearing a blue Montana State Bobcat t-shirt and blue jeans. Anyone with additional information is urged to contact the Belgrade Police Department at (406)388-4262. The Belgrade Police Department would like to remind parents and child care providers remain vigilant and to speak with their children often about safety plans and interactions with strangers. Additional resources can be provided by the Belgrade Police Department or other local law enforcement.

Sergeant Dustin Lensing
Detective Division
Belgrade Police Department
406.388-4262

Miner Paradise Complex mid day update 8-30

Smoke over Paradise Valley, Livingston and Bozeman is not from the Miner Paradise Complex but is from fires in California and Idaho.

Crews on the Miner Paradise Complex continue to make ground patro8-30-2013 1-58-32 PMls and rehab and mop up efforts on the Sheep Fire. Crews on the Emigrant Fire are working lines on the fire’s south side and seeking out areas with potential for growth along the northeast corner. The remainder of the fire is being patrolled by air and ground.

Air resources are patrolling the Horsetail and North Eightmile fires as well as providing initial attack response for the area. At least one new fire has been reported near West Yellowstone and air resources are responding to assist with initial attack.

Fire Restrictions on Montana State lands and Private Forested Lands

MONTANA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES & CONSERVATION

PROCLAMATION

SPECIAL FIRE RESTRICTIONS – STAGE I

 This Proclamation is issued in compliance with State of Montana Fire Regulation Number 9 Sub-Chapter 1, 36.10.119, Administrative Rules of Montana (which was promulgated under the authority of Section 76-13-104, Montana Code Annotated), which restricts certain activities on forest lands (as defined under Section 76-13-102(3) Montana Code Annotated).

The following acts are prohibited on all State lands and private forested lands lying within the boundaries of the Gallatin and Park Counties. These restrictions become effective as of 12:01am Mountain Daylight Time, Saturday, August 31, 2013 and will remain in effect until rescinded or revoked:

The following acts are prohibited until further notice:

  1. Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire or campfire unless noted in the exemptions below.
  2. Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.

Exemptions:

  1. Persons with a written permit that specifically authorizes the otherwise prohibited act.
  2. Persons using a device solely fueled by liquid petroleum or LPG fuels that can be turned on and off. Such devices can only be used in an area that is barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within 3 feet of the device.
  3. Persons conducting activities in those designated areas where the activity is specifically authorized by written posted notice. Locations include: Missouri Headwaters State Park.
  4. Any Federal, State, or local officer or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty.
  5. All land within a city boundary is exempted.
  6. Other exemptions unique to each agency/tribe.

An exemption does not absolve an individual or organization from liability or responsibility for any fire started by the exempted activity.

Dated this 30th day of August, 2013, at Missoula, Montana.

/S/ ROBERT A HARRINGTON

ROBERT A. HARRINGTON
STATE FORESTER

Failure to comply with this order is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not more than $500 or imprisonment in a county jail for not more than 6 months or both (Section 76-13-112 Montana Code Annotated).

Miner Paradise Complex 8-30 AM Update

Start date:  August 16, 2013   (N. Eightmile)

Contact:  Mariah Leuschen, Heather Noel, Joe Zwierzchowski, Charity Parks, Betsy Ballard

Direct Information Land Lines:  (406) 333-9961, (406) 333-9971

Email:  minerparadisecomplex@gmail.com

No Evening Update: Due to low fire activity, there will not be an evening update Friday, August 30. Afternoon updates will continue.

Closures: Closures around the Horsetail Fire in the Hyalite Recreation Area – near Bozeman, MT and the Sheep Fire in Tom Miner Basin – near Gardiner, MT have been reduced, as of noon Thursday, August 29, 2013. Specifics are listed per fire regarding Tom Miner area and Horsetail Fire area closures.

FIRE RESTRICTIONS

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are in effect for the Gallatin National Forest including the Absaroka –Beartooth Wilderness and the Beartooth Ranger District, Custer National Forest (excluding the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness)

Park County implemented a burn ban for all outdoor burning effective August 22.

Park County 911 encourages residents to sign up for Emergency notifications with your cell at: www.livingstonmontana.org and www.parkcounty.org

FIRE INFORMATION:

Location:  Sheep Fire in Tom Miner Basin, North Eightmile and Horsetail fires along Gallatin Crest, Emigrant Fire – 8 miles south of Emigrant

Combined Current Size:  Approximately 11,897 acres, 4 fires            Overall Containment: 37%

Emigrant Fire: Approximately 10,770 acres, Sheep Fire: Approximately 570 acres, North Eightmile Fire: Approximately 414 acres, Horsetail Fire:  Approximately 143 acres. Resources Assigned: 3 Hotshot crews, 4 20-person crews, 4 helicopters, and 3 engines..

Total personnel:  403. Additional resources will be demobilizing throughout today.

FIRE UPDATE:

Fire activity was light to moderate Thursday and that behavior is expected to carry over into today. Firefighters had a quiet day yesterday as they worked to secure edges of the fire and continued to mop up more areas along the fires’ perimeters.

FIRE NAME:  Emigrant Fire

DATE OF DETECTION:  July 21, 2013

CAUSE:  Lightning

CURRENT SIZE:  approximately 10,770 acres

CONTAINMENT:  35%

LOCATION:  South of Emigrant Peak between Gold Prize Creek and North Fork Sixmile Creek

AGENCY:  Gallatin National Forest

PERSONNEL AND RESOURCES ON THE FIRE: 3 Type 1 crew, 2 Type 2 IA crews, and 1 engine

FRIDAY’S PLANNED ACTIVITY: Firefighters will continue to seek out hot spots and mop up deeper into the interior on the southern, western and eastern edges of the fire.

THURSDAY’S ACTIVITY: Fire activity ranged from creeping and smoldering, to hot spots along the fire’s edge but remained minimal overall. Crews continued fire line construction and mop up along areas of the fire while placing direct handline on the southern edge of the fire and battling several hot spots.

CLOSURES & OTHER INFORMATION:  The Emigrant Fire Closure includes National Forest System lands along the western boundary, north to National Forest System Lands around Chico in section 13, running east to the West Fork of the Mill Creek Road including Chico Peak. Trail # 78 Wicked Trail is closed.  This closure extends south to Fish, Knox, and Thompson Lakes. Monitor Peak and trails leading to are also closed continuing west and including all National Forest System Lands directly adjacent to Dome Mountain WMA. The Monitor Peak Trail #61, Trail #62 to Knox and Fish Lakes along with Trail #33 bumping into Trail #60 to Monitor Peak from the South. A full map is available on Inciweb under maps. Additional Trail closures include  the North Fork of Bear Creek #60, Knox Lake #64 and #279 Monitor Peak Connector Trail on the Gardiner and Yellowstone R.D.’s 

The Forest Service portion of Sixmile Creek Road from its junction with the Dailey Lake Road will be closed until further notice. The Sixmile Creek Trail (#61) and North Fork of Sixmile Creek Trail (#606) will be closed to their junction with Trail #601 north of Monitor Peak.

People traveling near the Emigrant Fire Helibase are urged to be cautious of fire personnel and the helicopter operating near Conlin Road.

FIRE NAME:  Sheep Fire

DATE OF DETECTION:  August 12, 2013

CAUSE:  Lightning

CURRENT SIZE:  approximately 570 acres

CONTAINMENT:  100%

LOCATION:  Sawtooth Mountain in Tom Miner Basin, approximately 25 miles northwest of Gardiner

AGENCY:  Gallatin National Forest

PERSONNEL AND RESOURCES ON THE FIRE: 1 Type 2 IA crew and 1 engine.

Firefighters achieved 100% containment yesterday on the Sheep Fire. Today,crews will continue to patrol the fire’s perimeter and walk along a grid looking for any smokes or hot spots.

CLOSURES & OTHER INFORMATION:  Tom Miner Basin: The Tom Miner Basin Road leading up to and including the Tom Miner Campground was opened yesterday. As well as the upper Tom Miner basin that includes trail # 120 from Tom Miner Campground leading to Buffalo Horn Pass as well as the Sunlight Creek Trail # 291 will be opened. The Divide Creek Road #3250 will also be opened.  An area around the Sheep Fire from Sheep Creek to the west and Grizzly Creek to the east and the Forest Boundary to the north and Yellowstone National Park boundary to the south will remain closed. This includes Horse Creek Trail #297 that leads to Shooting Star Lake

FIRE NAME:  Horsetail Fire

DATE OF DETECTION:  August 11, 2013

CAUSE:  Lightning

CURRENT SIZE:  approximately 143 acres

CONTAINMENT:  0%

LOCATION:  ½ mile north of Horsetail Falls, east of Flanders Mountain

AGENCY:  Gallatin National Forest

PERSONNEL AND RESOURCES ON THE FIRE: 1 Type 2 crew

On Thursday, crews continued to monitor limited fire activity in Flanders Creek and pressure tested the hose lay established there. Today, the spike camp at Palisades will be taken down and crews will return to main camp. The fire will continue to be monitored with hose lays in place.

CLOSURES: Hyalite Recreation Area: As of yesterday, in the Hyalite Creek drainage, the public is allowed back into the West Fork of Hyalite Creek all the way to Hyalite Peak. This means Chisholm and Hood Creek Campgrounds, Maxey and Window Rock Cabins, as well as the Crescent Lake Trail and Palace Butte Trailhead that leads to Hyalite Peak and Grotto Falls will be open. The East Fork of Hyalite Creek will remain closed, including the Palisade Falls Trailhead and Picnic area, Emerald and Heather Lakes Trailhead and Flanders Creek drainage.

FIRE NAME:  North Eightmile Fire

DATE OF DETECTION:  August 16, 2013

CAUSE:  Lightning

CURRENT SIZE:  approximately 414 acres

CONTAINMENT:  17%

LOCATION:  North Fork Eightmile Creek, approximately 20 miles southwest of Livingston

AGENCY:  Gallatin National Forest

PERSONNEL AND RESOURCES ON THE FIRE: Unstaffed, air patrol.

The fire was monitored by aircraft yesterday and very little fire activity was observed from the fire. An aerial patrol will continue today.

FIRE WEATHER: Thursday saw widespread rain in the area which brought some relief to suppression efforts. Today’s weather will be drier with temperatures in the mid 70’s to mid 80’s. Residual moisture from Thursday’s showers should keep the humidity in the 17-26% range. Winds will be westerly at 10-15 mph, with gusts up to 30 mph on ridgetops. Extended forecast is for warm and dry conditions through Monday morning.

Cooperating Agencies:  Custer and Gallatin National Forests, Park County DES and Sheriff’s Department, Gallatin Co DES and Sheriff’s Department, Paradise Valley Rural Fire, MT DNRC.

For further information, go to: http://www.inciweb.org

Each of the fires are currently listed under the Miner Paradise Complex.

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Miner Paradise Complex 8-29 PM Update

Start date:  August 16, 2013   (N. Eightmile)

Contact:  Mariah Leuschen, Heather Noel, Joe Zwierzchowski, Charity Parks, Betsy Ballard

Direct Information Land Lines:  (406) 333-9961, (406) 333-9971

Email:  minerparadisecomplex@gmail.com

Notice: This will be the final evening update from the Eastern Montana Type II Incident Management Team. Morning updates will continue.

Closures: Closures around the Horsetail Fire in the Hyalite Recreation Area – near Bozeman, MT and the Sheep Fire in Tom Miner Basin – near Gardiner, MT have been reduced, as of noon Thursday, August 29, 2013. Specifics are listed per fire regarding Tom Miner area and Horsetail Fire area closures.

Public tour: The Incident Management Team would like to thank the attendees of Wednesday’s public tour. Fifty people attended the tour of the Incident Command Post of the Miner Paradise Complex.

FIRE RESTRICTIONS

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are in effect for the Gallatin National Forest including the Absaroka –Beartooth Wilderness and the Beartooth Ranger District, Custer National Forest (excluding the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness)

Park County implemented a burn ban for all outdoor burning effective August 22.

Park County 911 encourages residents to sign up for Emergency notifications with your cell at: www.livingstonmontana.org and www.parkcounty.org

FIRE INFORMATION:

Location:  Sheep Fire in Tom Miner Basin, North Eightmile and Horsetail fires along Gallatin Crest, Emigrant Fire – 8 miles south of Emigrant

Combined Current Size:  Approximately 11,897 acres, 4 fires            Overall Containment: 37%

Emigrant Fire: Approximately 10,770 acres, Sheep Fire: Approximately 570 acres, North Eightmile Fire: Approximately 414 acres, Horsetail Fire:  Approximately 143 acres. Resources Assigned: 3 Hotshot crews, 5 20-person crews, 4 helicopters, 5 engines, 1 skidgine, and 1 excavator.

Total personnel:  403

FIRE UPDATE:

Fire activity was light to moderate today and that behavior is expected to carry over into tomorrow. Firefighters had a quiet day as they worked to secure edges of the fire and continued to mop up more areas along the fires’ perimeters.

FIRE NAME:  Emigrant Fire

DATE OF DETECTION:  July 21, 2013

CAUSE:  Lightning

CURRENT SIZE:  approximately 10,770 acres

CONTAINMENT:  35%

LOCATION:  South of Emigrant Peak between Gold Prize Creek and North Fork Sixmile Creek

AGENCY:  Gallatin National Forest

PERSONNEL AND RESOURCES ON THE FIRE: 3 Type 1 crew, 3 Type 2 IA crews, 1 engine

FRIDAY’S PLANNED ACTIVITY: Firefighters will continue to seek out hot spots  and mop up deeper into the interior on the southern, western and eastern edges of the fire. .

THURSDAY’S ACTIVITY: Fire activity ranged from creeping and smoldering, to hot spots along the fire’s edge but remained minimal overall. Crews continued fire line construction and mop up along areas of the fire while placing direct handline on the southern edge of the fire and battling several hot spots.

CLOSURES & OTHER INFORMATION:  The Emigrant Fire Closure includes National Forest System lands along the western boundary, north to National Forest System Lands around Chico in section 13, running east to the West Fork of the Mill Creek Road including Chico Peak. Trail # 78 Wicked Trail is closed.  This closure extends south to Fish, Knox, and Thompson Lakes. Monitor Peak and trails leading to are also closed continuing west and including all National Forest System Lands directly adjacent to Dome Mountain WMA. The Monitor Peak Trail #61, Trail #62 to Knox and Fish Lakes along with Trail #33 bumping into Trail #60 to Monitor Peak from the South.  A full map is available on Inciweb under maps. Additional Trail closures include  the North Fork of Bear Creek #60, Knox Lake #64 and #279 Monitor Peak Connector Trail on the Gardiner and Yellowstone R.D.’s 

The Forest Service portion of Sixmile Creek Road from its junction with the Dailey Lake Road will be closed until further notice. The Sixmile Creek Trail (#61) and North Fork of Sixmile Creek Trail (#606) will be closed to their junction with Trail #601 north of Monitor Peak.

People traveling near the Emigrant Fire Helibase are urged to be cautious of fire personnel and the helicopter operating near Conlin Road.

FIRE NAME:  Sheep Fire

DATE OF DETECTION:  August 12, 2013

CAUSE:  Lightning

CURRENT SIZE:  approximately 570 acres

CONTAINMENT:  100%

LOCATION:  Sawtooth Mountain in Tom Miner Basin, approximately 25 miles northwest of Gardiner

AGENCY:  Gallatin National Forest

PERSONNEL AND RESOURCES ON THE FIRE: 1 Type 2 IA crew, 4 engines, 1 skidgine

Firefighters achieved 100% containment today on the Sheep Fire. While the fire is contained, that does not mean it is out. Crews will continue to patrol the fire’s perimeter and clean up the edges as necessary Friday.

CLOSURES & OTHER INFORMATION:  Tom Miner Basin: The Tom Miner Basin Road leading up to and including the Tom Miner Campground will be opened at noon today. As well as the upper Tom Miner basin that includes trail # 120 from Tom Miner Campground leading to Buffalo Horn Pass as well as the Sunlight Creek Trail # 291 will be opened. The Divide Creek Road #3250 will also be opened.  An area around the Sheep Fire from Sheep Creek to the west and Grizzly Creek to the east and the Forest Boundary to the north and Yellowstone National Park boundary to the south will remain closed. This includes Horse Creek Trail #297 that leads to Shooting Star Lake

FIRE NAME:  Horsetail Fire

DATE OF DETECTION:  August 11, 2013

CAUSE:  Lightning

CURRENT SIZE:  approximately 143 acres

CONTAINMENT:  0%

LOCATION:  ½ mile north of Horsetail Falls, east of Flanders Mountain

AGENCY:  Gallatin National Forest

PERSONNEL AND RESOURCES ON THE FIRE: 1 Type 2 crew

Crews continued to monitor limited fire activity in Flanders Creek with a hose lay established and will continue to do so Friday.

CLOSURES: Hyalite Recreation Area: As of noon today, in the Hyalite Creek drainage, the public will be allowed back into the West Fork of Hyalite Creek all the way to Hyalite Peak. This means Chisholm and Hood Creek Campgrounds, Maxey and Window Rock Cabins, as well as the Crescent Lake Trail and Palace Butte Trailhead that leads to Hyalite Peak and Grotto Falls will be open. The East Fork of Hyalite Creek will remain closed, including the Palisade Falls Trailhead and Picnic area, Emerald and Heather Lakes Trailhead and Flanders Creek drainage.

FIRE NAME:  North Eightmile Fire

DATE OF DETECTION:  August 16, 2013

CAUSE:  Lightning

CURRENT SIZE:  approximately 414 acres

CONTAINMENT:  17%

LOCATION:  North Fork Eightmile Creek, approximately 20 miles southwest of Livingston

AGENCY:  Gallatin National Forest

PERSONNEL AND RESOURCES ON THE FIRE: Unstaffed, air patrol.

The fire was monitored by aircraft today and very little fire activity was observed from the fire. An aerial patrol will continue Friday.

FIRE WEATHER: Thursday saw widespread rain in the area which brought some relief to suppression efforts. Friday’s weather will be warmer and drier but residual moisture from Thursday’s showers should keep the humidity in the 30-35% range. Winds will be out of the south southwest to west and at 15-30 mph.

Cooperating Agencies:  Custer and Gallatin National Forests, Park County DES and Sheriff’s Department, Gallatin Co DES and Sheriff’s Department, Paradise Valley Rural Fire, MT DNRC.

For further information, go to: http://www.inciweb.org

Each of the fires are currently listed under the Miner Paradise Complex.

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Miner Paradise Complex Afternoon Fire Update 8-29

Fire Closures Reduced in Hyalite and Tom Miner Basin in the Gallatin National Forest

Closures around the Horsetail Fire in the Hyalite Recreation Area- near Bozeman, MT and the Sheep Fire in Tom Miner Basin-near Gardiner, MT have been reduced, as of noon today, August 29, 2013. 

Hyalite Recreation Area: In Hyalite the public will be allowed back into the West Fork of Hyalite Creek all the way to Hyalite Peak. This means Chisholm and Hood Creek Campgrounds, Maxey and Window Rock Cabins, as well as the Crescent Lake Trail and Palace Butte Trailhead that leads to Hyalite Peak and Grotto Falls will be open. 

The East Fork of Hyalite Creek will remain closed, including the Palisade Falls Trailhead and Picnic area, Emerald and Heather Lakes Trailhead and Flanders Creek drainage.

Tom Miner Basin: The Tom Miner Basin Road leading up to and including the Tom Miner Campground will be opened. As well as the upper Tom Miner basin that includes trail # 120 from Tom Miner Campground leading to Buffalo Horn Pass as well as the Sunlight Creek Trail # 291 will be opened. The Divide Creek Road #3250 will also be opened.  An area around the Sheep Fire from Sheep Creek to the west and Grizzly Creek to the east and the Forest Boundary to the north and Yellowstone National Park boundary to the south will remain closed. This includes Horse Creek Trail #297 that leads to Shooting Star Lake

8-29  Afternoon Fire Update

Thursday afternoon, thunderstorms brought precipitation over all the fires in the complex.

Emigrant Fire- Crews are making good progress on all divisions of the fire. Crews are continuing to construct direct handline where needed, and mop up on the fires edges.

Sheep Fire- Crews continue mopping up the fires edge along Horse Creek. No Name Bowl on the northwest corner of the fire is being patrolled. Fireline rehabilitation is continuing.

Horsetail Fire- Fire crews are monitoring fire spread in Flanders Creek and contingency lines to the north along Flanders Creek and East Fork of Hyalite Creeks. are complete.

North Eightmile Fire- This fire is currently being monitored by aircraft and fire personnel observed very little fire activity.

Miner Paradise Complex 8-29 am Update

!PalisadeSpikeDinner8-28Start date:  August 16, 2013   (N. Eightmile)  

Contact:  Mariah Leuschen, Heather Noel, Karen Tuscano, Joe Zwierzchowski, Charity Parks, Betsy Ballard  

Direct Information Land Lines:  (406) 333-9961, (406) 333-9971

Email:  minerparadisecomplex@gmail.com

Closures: Closures around the Horsetail Fire in the Hyalite Recreation Area- near Bozeman, MT and the Sheep Fire in Tom Miner Basin-near Gardiner, MT will be shrinking, as of noon today, August 29, 2013. Specifics are listed per fire regarding Tom Miner area and Horsetail Fire area closures.  

Public tour: The Incident Management Team would like to thank the attendees of the public tour on Wednesday. Fifty people attended the tour of the Incident Command Post of the Miner Paradise Complex.

FIRE RESTRICTIONS

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are in effect for the Gallatin National Forest including the Absaroka –Beartooth Wilderness and the Beartooth Ranger District, Custer National Forest (excluding the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness)

Park County implemented a burn ban for all outdoor burning effective August 22.

Park County 911 encourages residents to sign up for Emergency notifications with your cell at: www.livingstonmontana.org and www.parkcounty.org

FIRE INFORMATION:

Location:  Sheep Fire in Tom Miner Basin, North Eightmile and Horsetail fires along Gallatin Crest, Emigrant Fire – 8 miles south of Emigrant

Combined Current Size:  Approximately 11,849 acres, 4 fires            Overall Containment: 28%

Emigrant Fire: Approximately 10,722 acres, Sheep Fire: Approximately 570 acres, North Eightmile Fire: Approximately 414 acres, Horsetail Fire:  Approximately 143 acres. Resources Assigned: 3 Hotshot crews, 8 20-person crews, 4 helicopters, 12 engines, 1 skidgen, and 1 excavator.

Total personnel:  419

FIRE UPDATE:

Fire activity was moderate yesterday and firefighters had a quiet day as they worked to secure edges of the fire and continued to mop up more areas along the fires’ perimeters.

FIRE NAME:  Emigrant Fire

 

DATE OF DETECTION:  July 21, 2013

CAUSE:  Lightning

CURRENT SIZE:  approximately 10,722 acres

CONTAINMENT:  26%

LOCATION:  South of Emigrant Peak between Gold Prize Creek and North Fork Sixmile Creek

AGENCY:  Gallatin National Forest

PERSONNEL AND RESOURCES ON THE FIRE: 2 Type 1 crew, 2 Type 2 IA crews, 9 engines

THURSDAY’S PLANNED ACTIVITY: Firefighters will continue to seek out hot spots throughout the day, and continue to construct and improve direct hand line which requires heavy saw work on the west, south and east sides of the fire. Structure assessments and protection efforts are finalized in the areas south of the Emigrant Fire as well as along the Mill Creek and Cedar Creek areas.

WEDNESDAY’S ACTIVITY: Fire activity ranged from creeping and smoldering, to hot spots along the fires’s edge. Crews continued fire line construction and mop up along areas of the fire while placing direct handline on the southern edge of the fire and battling several hot spots. 

CLOSURES & OTHER INFORMATION:  The Emigrant Fire Closure includes National Forest System lands along the western boundary, north to National Forest System Lands around Chico in section 13, running east to the West Fork of the Mill Creek Road including Chico Peak. Trail # 78 Wicked Trail is closed.  This closure extends south to Fish, Knox, and Thompson Lakes. Monitor Peak and trails leading to are also closed continuing west and including all National Forest System Lands directly adjacent to Dome Mountain WMA. The Monitor Peak Trail #61, Trail #62 to Knox and Fish Lakes along with Trail #33 bumping into Trail #60 to Monitor Peak from the South.  A full map is available on Inciweb under maps. Additional Trail closures include  the North Fork of Bear Creek #60, Knox Lake #64 and #279 Monitor Peak Connector Trail on the Gardiner and Yellowstone R.D.’s 

The Forest Service portion of Sixmile Creek Road from its junction with the Dailey Lake Road will be closed until further notice. The Sixmile Creek Trail (#61) and North Fork of Sixmile Creek Trail (#606) will be closed to their junction with Trail #601 north of Monitor Peak.

People traveling near the Emigrant Fire Helibase are urged to be cautious of fire personnel and the helicopter operating near Conlin Road.

FIRE NAME:  Sheep Fire

DATE OF DETECTION:  August 12, 2013

CAUSE:  Lightning

CURRENT SIZE:  approximately 570 acres

CONTAINMENT:  77%

LOCATION:  Sawtooth Mountain in Tom Miner Basin, approximately 25 miles northwest of Gardiner

AGENCY:  Gallatin National Forest

PERSONNEL AND RESOURCES ON THE FIRE: 1 Type 2 IA crew, 5 engines

Crews will patrol the west edge of the fire today.. Firefighters also will continue mop up work on the perimeter as far as 100 feet into the fire, working deeper into Horse Creek, while extinguishing hot spots. Fire activity was creeping and smoldering at ground level. Crews rehabbed all contingency dozer lines north of the fire’s edge and continued mop up efforts as far as 100 feet inside the line.

CLOSURES & OTHER INFORMATION:  Tom Miner Basin: The Tom Miner Basin Road leading up to and including the Tom Miner Campground will be opened at noon today. As well as the upper Tom Miner basin that includes trail # 120 from Tom Miner Campground leading to Buffalo Horn Pass as well as the Sunlight Creek Trail # 291 will be opened. The Divide Creek Road #3250 will also be opened.  An area around the Sheep Fire from Sheep Creek to the west and Grizzly Creek to the east and the Forest Boundary to the north and Yellowstone National Park boundary to the south will remain closed. This includes Horse Creek Trail #297 that leads to Shooting Star Lake

FIRE NAME:  Horsetail Fire

DATE OF DETECTION:  August 11, 2013       

CAUSE:  Lightning

CURRENT SIZE:  approximately 143 acres                   

CONTAINMENT:  0%

LOCATION:  ½ mile north of Horsetail Falls, east of Flanders Mountain

AGENCY:  Gallatin National Forest

PERSONNEL AND RESOURCES ON THE FIRE: 1 Type 2 crew

Contingency lines were completed and hose lays were pressure tested in the East Fork drainage on Wednesday. Thursday’s plans call for crews to clear brush and strengthen the containment fire lines and monitor the fire activity in Flanders Creek.

CLOSURES: Hyalite Recreation Area: As of noon today, in the Hyalite Creek drainage, the public will be allowed back into the West Fork of Hyalite Creek all the way to Hyalite Peak. This means Chisholm and Hood Creek Campgrounds, Maxey and Window Rock Cabins, as well as the Crescent Lake Trail and Palace Butte Trailhead that leads to Hyalite Peak and Grotto Falls will be open. The East Fork of Hyalite Creek will remain closed, including the Palisade Falls Trailhead and Picnic area, Emerald and Heather Lakes Trailhead and Flanders Creek drainage.

FIRE NAME:  North Eightmile Fire\

DATE OF DETECTION:  August 16, 2013

CAUSE:  Lightning

CURRENT SIZE:  approximately 414 acres  

CONTAINMENT:  17%                                          

LOCATION:  North Fork Eightmile Creek, approximately 20 miles southwest of Livingston

AGENCY:  Gallatin National Forest

PERSONNEL AND RESOURCES ON THE FIRE: Unstaffed, air patrol.

The fire was monitored by aircraft and very little fire activity was observed yesterday from the fire. An aerial patrol will continue Thursday.

FIRE WEATHER: Today’s weather will be mostly sunny in the morning, with scattered thunderstorms in the afternoon with temperatures in the high 70’s, with relative humidity in the 20’s, and winds out of the southwest with gusts 5 – 15  mph. Friday and Saturday’s weather is expected to bring drier and warmer conditions.

Cooperating Agencies:  Custer and Gallatin National Forests, Park County DES and Sheriff’s Department, Gallatin Co DES and Sheriff’s Department, Paradise Valley Rural Fire, MT DNRC.           

For further information, go to: http://www.inciweb.org

Each of the fires are currently listed under the Miner Paradise Complex.

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Miner Paradise Complex 8-28 pm Fire Update

Start date:  August 16, 2013   (N. Eightmile)  

Contact:  Mariah Leuschen, Heather Noel, Karen Tuscano, Joe Zwierzchowski, Charity Parks, Betsy Ballard  

Direct Information Land Lines:  (406) 333-9961, (406) 333-9971

Email:  minerparadisecomplex@gmail.com

Public tour: The Incident Management Team would like to thank the attendees of the public tour this evening.. Fifty people attended the tour of the Incident Command Post of the Miner Paradise Complex.

FIRE RESTRICTIONS

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are in effect for the Gallatin National Forest including the Absaroka –Beartooth Wilderness and the Beartooth Ranger District, Custer National Forest (excluding the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness)

Park County implemented a burn ban for all outdoor burning effective August 22.

Park County 911 encourages residents to sign up for Emergency notifications with your cell at: www.livingstonmontana.org and www.parkcounty.org

 FIRE INFORMATION:

Location:  Sheep Fire in Tom Miner Basin, North Eightmile and Horsetail fires along Gallatin Crest, Emigrant Fire – 8 miles south of Emigrant

Combined Current Size:  Approximately 11,849 acres, 4 fires            Overall Containment: 28%

Emigrant Fire: Approximately 10,722 acres, Sheep Fire: Approximately 570 acres, North Eightmile Fire: Approximately 414 acres, Horsetail Fire:  Approximately 143 acres. Resources Assigned: 3 Hotshot crews, 8 20-person crews, 4 helicopters, 12 engines, 1 skidgen, 1 dozer and 1 excavator.

Total personnel:  419

FIRE UPDATE:

Fire activity was moderate today as firefighters worked to secure edges and continued to mop up more areas along the fires’ perimeters. Two 20-person crews were added to the efforts and will be working the fires Thursday. Temperatures in the 70’s and 80’s and moderate humidity is predicted for the next several days along with isolated thunderstorms which could bring scattered showers, gusty outflow winds and lightning.  

 FIRE NAME:  Emigrant Fire

DATE OF DETECTION:  July 21, 2013

CAUSE:  Lightning

CURRENT SIZE:  approximately 10,722 acres

CONTAINMENT:  26%

LOCATION:  South of Emigrant Peak between Gold Prize Creek and North Fork Sixmile Creek

AGENCY:  Gallatin National Forest

PERSONNEL AND RESOURCES ON THE FIRE: 2 Type 1 crew, 2 Type 2 IA crews, 9 engines

THURSDAY’S PLANNED ACTIVITY: Firefighters will continue to seek out hot spots throughout the day. Crews will continue constructing and improving direct hand line which requires heavy saw work on the west, south and east sides of the fire. Structure assessments and protection efforts are finalized in the areas south of the Emigrant Fire as well as along the Mill Creek and Cedar Creek areas.

WEDNESDAY’S ACTIVITY: Fire activity ranged from creeping and smoldering, to hot spots burning on the northwest corner. Crews continued fire line construction and mop up along areas of the fire while scouting for opportunities to place direct handline on the southern edge of the fire and battling several hot spots.

CLOSURES & OTHER INFORMATION:  The Emigrant Fire Closure includes National Forest System lands along the western boundary, north to National Forest System Lands around Chico in section 13, running east to the West Fork of the Mill Creek Road including Chico Peak. Trail # 78 Wicked Trail is closed.  This closure extends south to Fish, Knox, and Thompson Lakes. Monitor Peak and trails leading to are also closed continuing west and including all National Forest System Lands directly adjacent to Dome Mountain WMA. The Monitor Peak Trail #61, Trail #62 to Knox and Fish Lakes along with Trail #33 bumping into Trail #60 to Monitor Peak from the South.  A full map is available on Inciweb under maps. Additional Trail closures include  the North Fork of Bear Creek #60, Knox Lake #64 and #279 Monitor Peak Connector Trail on the Gardiner and Yellowstone R.D.’s 

The Forest Service portion of Sixmile Creek Road from its junction with the Dailey Lake Road will be closed until further notice. The Sixmile Creek Trail (#61) and North Fork of Sixmile Creek Trail (#606) will be closed to their junction with Trail #601 north of Monitor Peak.

People traveling near the Emigrant Fire Helibase are urged to be cautious of fire personnel and the helicopter operating near Conlin Road.

FIRE NAME:  Sheep Fire

DATE OF DETECTION:  August 12, 2013

CAUSE:  Lightning

CURRENT SIZE:  approximately 570 acres

CONTAINMENT:  77%

LOCATION:  Sawtooth Mountain in Tom Miner Basin, approximately 25 miles northwest of Gardiner

AGENCY:  Gallatin National Forest

PERSONNEL AND RESOURCES ON THE FIRE: 1 Type 2 IA crew, 5 engines

THURSDAY’S PLANNED ACTIVITY: Crews will patrol the west edge of the fire. Firefighters also will continue mop up work on the perimeter of the fire, working deeper into Horse Creek, while extinguishing hot spots.

WEDNESDAY’S ACTIVITY: Fire activity was creeping and smoldering at ground level. Crews rehabbed all contingency dozer lines north of the fire’s edge and continued mop up efforts as far as 100 feet inside the line.

CLOSURES & OTHER INFORMATION:  A closure order has been issued on the Divide Creek Road (3250) in the Tom Miner basin. A Closure Order is in place for the Tom Miner Basin on National Forest System Lands affected by the Sheep Fire along the southern portion of the Tom Miner Basin which includes the Tom Miner Campground.  Map is available on Inciweb under maps.

FIRE NAME:  Horsetail Fire

DATE OF DETECTION:  August 11, 2013       

CAUSE:  Lightning

CURRENT SIZE:  approximately 143 acres                   

CONTAINMENT:  0%

LOCATION:  ½ mile north of Horsetail Falls, east of Flanders Mountain

AGENCY:  Gallatin National Forest

PERSONNEL AND RESOURCES ON THE FIRE: 1 Type 2 crew

Contingency lines were improved and hose lays were continued in the East Fork drainage on Wednesday. Thursday’s plans call for crews to clear brush and strengthen the containment fire lines and monitor the fire activity in Flanders Creek.

CLOSURES: East Fork Hyalite East Fork of Hyalite is closed including Palisade Falls Trailhead and picnic area, Emerald Lake Trailhead and Flanders Creek drainage.  Gate is closed at East side of Hyalite Dam including Chisholm, and Hood Creek campgrounds and Palisades, Emerald Lake and Flanders Creek Trailheads are closed.  Windowrock and Maxey Cabin are closed.  Blackmore Day Use Area will remain open.  This closure is due to the Horsetail Fire. 

FIRE NAME:  North Eightmile Fire

DATE OF DETECTION:  August 16, 2013

CAUSE:  Lightning

CURRENT SIZE:  approximately 414 acres  

CONTAINMENT:  17%                                          

LOCATION:  North Fork Eightmile Creek, approximately 20 miles southwest of Livingston

AGENCY:  Gallatin National Forest

PERSONNEL AND RESOURCES ON THE FIRE: Unstaffed, air patrol.

The fire was monitored by aircraft and very little fire activity was observed today on the fire. An aerial patrol will continue Wednesday.

FIRE WEATHER: Thursday’s weather will be mostly sunny in the morning, with scattered thunderstorms in the afternoon with temperatures ranging from 70s to 80s with relative humidity 20-30 percent and winds out of the southwest around 20-30 mph. Friday and Saturday’s weather is expected to bring drier conditions.

Cooperating Agencies:  Custer and Gallatin National Forests, Park County DES and Sheriff’s Department, Gallatin Co DES and Sheriff’s Department, Paradise Valley Rural Fire, MT DNRC.           

For further information, go to: http://www.inciweb.orgSky at ICP 8_28

Each of the fires are currently listed under the Miner Paradise Complex.

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