Miner Paradise Complex 8-25 pm Fire 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 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 11,658 acres, 4 fires       Containment: 15%

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:  492


Despite the Red Flag warning that was issued for today, the fire exhibited lower fire activity than expected. This gave firefighters advantage in securing edges and pulling in heat from the fires perimeters.

 FIRE NAME:  Emigrant Fire

 DATE OF DETECTION:  July 21, 2013

CAUSE:  Lightning

CURRENT SIZE:  approximately 10,520 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 2 crew, 2 Type 2 IA crews, 16 engines, 1 dozer

SUNDAY’S ACTIVITY:  Firefighters continued direct line along the fires west edge from Little Pine Creek and into Big Pine Basin.  Crews mopped up hot spots on the northwest edge of the fire and worked on contingency lines in Emigrant Creek and Mill Creek utilizing natural features including avalanche chutes and rock scree. 

MONDAY’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 working hotspots on the northwest edge of the fire and structure protection on the historic OTO Ranch in the Cedar Creek area.  Firefighters will use avalanche chutes and utilize natural topographical features including large rock screes northeast of the fire and put in hose lays on an indirect section of line. A spike camp will be fully operational tomorrow northeast of the fire to access the northern edge of the fire.

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

SUNDAY’S ACTIVITY:  Firefighters finished direct line construction on the northwestern edge of the bowl and continued to hold and improve existing containment lines.  On the east side of the fire, crews continued to mop-up the perimeter towards the Horse Creek drainage and firefighters have secured the north edge of the fire.

 MONDAY’S PLANNED ACTIVITY: Firefighters will work heat along the Sawtooth ridge on the southwest portion of the fire and continue along the west edge of the fire.  On the east edge of the fire, crews will mop up the fire by looking for any hot spots.

 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:  20%                                         

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

AGENCY:  Gallatin National Forest


SUNDAY’S ACTIVITY:  Firefighters continued to mop-up further into the interior securing the northern edge successfully keeping the fire out of the Bozeman Creek drainage. Much of the fire has joined with the 2001 Fridley Fire scar. Minimal fire growth has occurred the last two days.

 MONDAY’S PLANNED ACTIVITY:  Fire personnel will be patrolling the North Eightmile fire on Monday from the air and personnel will break down the spike camp; resources will be utilized on the other three fires in the complex.

  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 ACTIVITY:   Crews on the Horsetail Fire worked on containment lines to the north in the bottom of Flanders Creek and the East Fork of Hyalite Creek. 

 MONDAY’S PLANNED ACTIVITY: Crews will continue building contingency lines in the East Fork drainage and look for options to create direct handline utilizing a 20 person crew. Minimal fire activity was observed today on the Horsetail fire.

 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:  Monday’s weather is expected to be mostly sunny in the morning, temperatures in the mid- 70’s to mid-80’s and relative humidity between 15-20%. Winds are expected from the SW.

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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