Cottonwood Gulch Fire Morning Update 10-14-2015

Cottonwood Gulch Fire Morning Update

Date: October 14, 2015    Time of Update: 08:30

Media Contact: Kerry O’Connell 406-539-2559

Date and Time of Ignition: October 11, 2015, 11:15 AM

Jurisdiction: Gallatin County Rural Fire

Cause: Human-caused, under investigation

Size: 8,300 acres

Containment: 80%

Structures Burned: 1 outbuilding

Crews will be continuing mop-up operations today assisted by one helicopter for bucket drops where needed. Smoke may be visible from unburned islands of fuel inside the fire line. Most resources will be released from the fire today and the fire will be in patrol status starting tomorrow. Four to five engine crews will be patrolling the fire on Thursday and Friday.

Cooperating Agencies: Bridger Canyon Fire, Fort Ellis Fire, Central Valley Fire, Bozeman Fire, Manhattan Fire, Rae and Sourdough Fire, Gallatin Gateway Fire, Amsterdam Fire, Clarkston Fire, Three Forks Fire, Gallatin River Ranch Fire, Willow Creek Fire, Gallatin County 911, Gallatin County Road and Bridge Department, Gallatin County Emergency Management, Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office, Gallatin County GIS, Gallatin County Search and Rescue, DNRC, Custer Gallatin National Forest, Helena National Forest, Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest

Cottonwood Gulch Fire Evening Update 10-13-2015

Cottonwood Gulch Fire Evening Update

Date: October 13, 2015    Time of Update: 1900

Media Contact: Kerry O’Connell 406-539-2559

Date and Time of Ignition: October 11, 2015, 11:15 AM

Cause: Human-caused, under investigation

Jurisdiction: Gallatin County Rural Fire

Size: 8,300 acres

Containment: 80%

People Assigned to the Fire: 78

Resources Assigned to the Fire: 3 helicopters, 12 engines, 2 water tenders, 1 20-person hand crew

Injuries Reported: 0

Residences Currently Threatened: 3

Structures Burned: 1 outbuilding

Today’s Activities:  A weak weather front passed over the fire this afternoon with no resulting fire growth. Good work from the crews on the fire in the past 2 days has brought the containment to 80%. Most smoke from the fire today was caused by interior burning and did not threaten the control lines.

Planned Activities for Tomorrow: Crews will continue to secure line and mop-up the perimeter of the fire. Unless conditions change, most resources will be released from the fire tomorrow evening.

Cooperating Agencies: Bridger Canyon Fire, Fort Ellis Fire, Central Valley Fire, Bozeman Fire, Manhattan Fire, Rae and Sourdough Fire, Gallatin Gateway Fire, Amsterdam Fire, Three Forks Fire, Gallatin River Ranch Fire, Willow Creek Fire, Gallatin County 911, Gallatin County Road and Bridge Department, Gallatin County Emergency Management, Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office, Gallatin County Search and Rescue, DNRC, Custer Gallatin National Forest, Helena National Forest, Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest

Cottonwood Gulch Fire Morning Update 10-13-2015

Cottonwood Gulch Fire Morning Update

Date: October 13, 2015    Time of Update: 10:30

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

Containment: 15%

Structures Burned: 1 outbuilding

Crews continue to mop up in all divisions around the perimeter of the fire. Burn out operations in some areas will produce smoke intermittently throughout the day. Unburned islands will also continue to put up smoke today, particularly during the heat of the day.

A weak weather front is expected to pass through this afternoon with expected wind gusts of 20 mph. Control lines will be tested during this time and firefighters are postioned to respond to specific areas of the line which are the most vulnerable. Multiple resources are assigned in the Gallatin River Ranch to cool the line and reduce the threat to those homes.

Interagency cooperation continues to be strong on this fire. Agencies providing equipment and support include engines and tenders from many local fire departments in the Gallatin Valley; the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office; Gallatin County GIS; Gallatin County Road and Bridge Department; DNRC management staff and helicopters;  and engines and crews from several National Forests in the region.

Cottonwood Gulch Fire Evening Update 10-12-2015

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)

Containment: 15%

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.

 

Cottonwood Gulch Fire Update 10-12-2015

Date: October 12, 2015
Time:16:30
Media Contact: Kerry O’Connell 406-539-2559

Cottonwood Gulch Fire Update

More accurate mapping shows the current fire size at 8,300 acres.

Crews are making good progress securing the perimeter with engines, hand crews, and using helicopters for bucket drops on hot spots. The majority of the smoke that has been visible today is from interior islands of unburned fuel. The progress today has increased the containment of the fire to 15%.

100 firefighters are currently working on the fire.

Cottonwood Gulch Fire Morning Update 10-12-2015

Media Contact: Kerry O’Connell 406-539-2559
Date: 10-12-2015
Time: 09:00

Cottonwood Gulch Fire Update

The fire burned actively until 4:00 AM this morning which resulted in the fire growing to about 8,700 acres as of 09:00. Crews worked overnight to secure lines where they could work safely.

Today crews will be working on securing more line particularly near structures at risk. Four DNRC helicopters will be assisting crews with bucket drops.

The fire is currently 0% contained and forecasted weather is for calm winds this morning increasing to 10-15 mph this afternoon.

Crews will be working throughout the fire area and the public is encouraged to stay off the roads used to access the fire.

Fire Update for Cottonwood Gulch Fire

GCEM Media Release

Media Contact:  Kerry O’Connell, (406) 539-2559

The Cottonwood Gulch Fire burning North of Manhattan in the Horseshoe Hills is now estimated at 8500 acres in size.  Fire crews are still on the fire and will remain on the fire all night.  More fire resources have been ordered to replace them on Monday.

Fire crews are working throughout the entire fire area and everyone is encouraged to stay away from the fire.  While it is interesting to come see what is happening, this is highly discouraged as it adds traffic to these small roads and can impede the fire personnel trying to do their jobs.  It is not uncommon for curiosity to get someone into a place they shouldn’t be and they now become part of the emergency.  Please help the firefighters by staying out of the area.

The cause of the Cottonwood Gulch has been determined to be human caused and it is currently under investigation.

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Wildfire Burning in Horseshoe Hills

GCEM Media Release

 

A wildfire is currently burning in the Horseshoe Hills North of Manhattan.  The fire is estimated to be one mile wide and six miles long.  Firefighting resources are on scene and law enforcement is positioned to implement any evacuations if they are needed.  Firefighting aircraft has been ordered and are currently enroute to assist from the Montana DNRC.

Fire personnel are currently busy working to suppress the fire and it may be a while until more detailed media information can be compiled and released.

Everyone is encouraged to stay clear of the Horseshoe Hills where the fire is burning.  This fire is wind driven which means it can move very fast and change directions on a seconds notice with the wind.  It is best for people to stay clear of the area and not inadvertently add to the emergency.

More information to follow as it becomes available.

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