Sep 12, 2012
For Immediate Release
Phone: (877) 405-0033 7:00 am – 10:00 pm
(877) 390-4323 7:00 am – 10:00 pm
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.