Miner Paradise Complex 8-24 pm Update

Photo from Joseph Donnelly
Dozer and Skidgine working on Sheep Fire 8-25. Photo from Joseph Donnelly

Miner Paradise Complex Fire 8-24 pm Update

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

Contact:  Mariah Leuschen, Jack Conner, Heather Noel      

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

Email:  minerparadisecomplex@gmail.com

 Stage 1 Restrictions started today, Saturday, August 24, 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 911 encourages residents to sign up for Emergency notifications with your cell at: www.livingstonmontana.org and www.parkcounty.org

 As of August 22, Park County has implemented a burn ban for all outdoor burning.                   

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 11,398 acres, 4 fires       Containment: 8%

Emigrant Fire: Approximately 10,260 acres, Sheep Fire: Approximately 576 acres, North Eightmile Fire: Approximately 414 acres, Horsetail Fire:  Approximately 148 acres, Resources Assigned: 2 Hotshot crews, 6 twenty person crews, 4 helicopters, 33 engines, 4 dozers.

Total personnel:  486


Firefighters continued to make good progress with additional crews today despite the thunderstorms and gusty and erratic outflow winds that developed in the vicinity of the fires.

 A Fire Weather Watch has been issued for Sunday, August 25th for breezy afternoon winds and low relative humidities.

 FIRE NAME:  Emigrant Fire

 DATE OF DETECTION:  July 21, 2013

CAUSE:  Lightning

CURRENT SIZE:  approximately 10,260 acres


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

AGENCY:  Gallatin National Forest

PERSONNEL AND RESOURCES ON THE FIRE: 1 Type 1 IA crew, 2 Type 2 IA crews, 16 engines, 1 dozer

 SATURDAY’S ACTIVITY:  Firefighters put in a hose lay on the north side of the fire starting near Emigrant Peak eastwards to a rock outcropping. Firefighters completed direct handline on the northwest edge of the fire and started mopping up that edge securing the perimeter. On the west edge of the fire, firefighters used a dozer to create indirect line from the top of Red Mountain road to Daily Lake road and also built direct fireline along the western side of the fire. Firefighters continued to protect the historic OTO Ranch and are looking for opportunities to put in direct handline along the southern ridge of the fire.  Fire activity was most active south of the North Fork of the Sixmile Creek drainage with perimeter growth on the east and northeast flanks of the fire with isolated single and group tree torching.

 SUNDAY’S PLANNED ACTIVITY:  Crews will continue direct and indirect line construction and mopping-up hot spots on the northern edge of the perimeter and to the west continuing to conduct fireline through the Big Pine Basin.  Crews will also continue working on the Structure Protection Plan for the historic OTO Ranch.  On the eastern perimeter, firefighters will scout opportunities and start implementing a plan to work down avalanche chutes and utilize natural topographical features including large rock screes.  An additional spike camp is being established to the northeast of the Emigrant Fire accessing indirect contingency lines quicker.

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 576 acres


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 1 IA crew, 1 Type 2 crew, 8 engines, 1 dozer

 SATURDAY’S ACTIVITY: Today, firefighters constructed direct line on the northwestern edge of the fire. To the east, crews worked to mop up the fire by looking for any hot spots and burning out small portions of unburned fuel to clean the edge of the fire in Horse Creek.  Firefighters have secured the south edge of the fire.

 SUNDAY’S PLANNED ACTIVITY:  Firefighters will work to hold and improve existing containment lines on the northwest flank of the fire.  Firefighters worked to get line in up to the top of the ridge and take care of a spot fire on top of the ridge.  In the Horse Creek drainage, crews will continue to mop-up. 

 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:  North Eightmile Fire

 DATE OF DETECTION:  August 16, 2013

CAUSE:  Lightning

CURRENT SIZE:  approximately 414 acres           

CONTAINMENT:  10%                                         

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

AGENCY:  Gallatin National Forest



SATURDAY’S ACTIVITY:  Firefighters secured containment line on the west edge of the fire and mopped up further into the interior of the fire, securing the entire north edge. Most of the rest of the fire has grown into the 2001 Fridley burn scar.  Minimal perimeter growth was observed today.

 SUNDAY’S PLANNED ACTIVITY:  Firefighters will continue to hold the north ridge and keep the fire out of the Bozeman Municipal Watershed.  Crews will check fire spread to the east into the Fridley Fire scar. 

 FIRE NAME:  Horsetail Fire

 DATE OF DETECTION:  August 11, 2013       

CAUSE:  Lightning

CURRENT SIZE:  approximately 148 acres                   


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

AGENCY:  Gallatin National Forest


 SATURDAY’S ACTIVITY: Crews created contingency hose lays in the East Fork drainage and started putting in hose lays and sprinklers in the Flanders Creek drainage.

 SUNDAY’S PLANNED ACTIVITY:   Crews will continue to work direct fire suppression on the north flank, clearing out roads and trails.  Firefighters will continue to scout for opportunities to go direct in the Flander’s Creek drainage.

 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 WEATHER:  Sunday relative humidities will be around 20% and SW winds 15-25 mph with gusts on the ridgetops reaching 30-35 mph.  Conditions will be drier and temperatures will be in around 87 degrees.

 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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