Miner Paradise Complex Morning Fire Update 8-25

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 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 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 connect direct hand line along the fires edge and make good progress yesterday. The fire areas received less than 1/10th inch of rain in the last 24 hours from passing thunder cells. Expecting active fire behavior today with warmer and drier weather conditions.


A Red Flag Warning has been issued for today, August 25th for gusty winds and low relative humidity.

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


SUNDAY’S PLANNED ACTIVITY:  Crews will continue fire line construction and mopping-up hot spots on the western edge of the perimeter into Big Pine Basin. Crews will continue direct handline and finding hotspots on the northwest edge of the fire, as there was still a lot of heat in the area yesterday. Crews will clear brush in areas near the historic OTO Ranch.  Firefighters will scout opportunities to use avalanche chutes and utilize natural topographical features including large rock screes northeast of the fire.  An additional spike camp is being established to the north of the Emigrant Fire accessing indirect contingency lines quicker.


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. Crews 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.

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


SUNDAY’S PLANNED ACTIVITY:  Firefighters will work to hold and improve existing containment lines on the northwest flank of the fire.  On the east side of the fire, crews will continue to mop-up the perimeter towards the Horse Creek drainage.


SATURDAY’S ACTIVITY: Yesterday, firefighters constructed direct line on the northwestern edge 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.  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 north edge of the fire.


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


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. 


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 yesterday. 

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



SUNDAY’S PLANNED ACTIVITY:   Crews will construct direct fire line on the north side of the fire.  Firefighters will continue to scout for opportunities to go direct in the Flander’s Creek drainage.


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. Firefighters were assisted with helicopter bucket drops on the north and northwest sides of the fire yesterday.


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:  A Red Flag Warning has been issued today for gusty winds and low relative humidity.

Today’s weather is expected to be mostly sunny in the morning, partly cloudy in the afternoon.  Conditions will be warmer and drier with temperatures between 77-88 degrees. Relative humidities are expected between 15-20% and SW winds 10-15 mph with gusts on the ridgetops reaching 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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