Miner Paradise 8-27 AM update

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

Contact:  Mariah Leuschen, Heather Noel, Karen Tuscano, Joe Zwierzchowski, Charity Parks,Virginia Knerr, Betsy Ballard

Crews on the Miner Paradise Complex wait to be shuttled to the line by helicopter. Firefighters made good progress Monday and weather looks favorable for more good work Tuesday.
Crews on the Miner Paradise Complex wait to be shuttled to the line by helicopter. Firefighters made good progress Monday and weather looks favorable for more good work Tuesday.

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

Email:  minerparadisecomplex@gmail.com

Stakeholders meeting: The 10 a.m. stakeholders meeting at the Paradise Valley Fire Hall will no longer be held daily. Any future meetings will be announced.

Public tour: The Incident Command Post of the Miner Paradise Complex will be open to the public at 5 p.m. Wednesday, August 28. A map to the command post will be posted to inciweb.org, under Miner Paradise Complex.


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 implemented a burn ban for all outdoor burning effective August 22.

Park County 911 encourages residents to sign up for Emergency notifications with your cell at: www.livingstonmontana.org and www.parkcounty.org


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 11,582 acres, 4 fires            Overall Containment: 16%

Emigrant Fire: Approximately 10,455 acres, Sheep Fire: Approximately 570 acres, North Eightmile Fire: Approximately 414 acres, Horsetail Fire:  Approximately 143 acres. Decreased acreage is because of more accurate mapping. Resources Assigned: 2 Hotshot crews, 6 twenty person crews, 6 helicopters, 24 engines, 2 dozers.

Total personnel:  490


Fire behavior was moderate on Monday. Firefighters will secure edges and mop up more areas along the fires’ perimeters Tuesday. Two more helicopters arrived and will be available to support firefighters with bucket drops Tuesday.

Higher than average temperatures and moderate humidity is predicted for the next several days along with isolated thunderstorms.

FIRE NAME:  Emigrant Fire

DATE OF DETECTION:  July 21, 2013

CAUSE:  Lightning

CURRENT SIZE:  approximately 10,455 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: 2 Type 1 crew, 3 Type 2 IA crews, 9 engines

TUESDAY’S PLANNED ACTIVITY: Crews will continue constructing hand line that requires heavy saw work on the west side of the fire and maintain containment lines and monitoring the area northwest of the fire. An additional 20-person crew will help continue work in the bowl near Big Pine Basin on the western side of the fire. Firefighters will be using avalanche chutes and natural topographical features including large rock screes northeast of the fire to their advantage and putting in hose lays on indirect section of lines. Firefighters will continue to implement structure protection in Mill Creek and Cedar Creek areas. Additional crews are nearing completion on hose lays and fuels reduction to help with structure protection at the historic OTO Ranch.

MONDAY’S ACTIVITY: Crews continued fire line construction on the western edge of the perimeter into Big Pine Basin, along with scouting for opportunities to place direct handline wrapping around the southwest side of the fire and continued structure protection on the historic OTO Ranch in the Cedar Creek area.

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 570 acres


LOCATION:  Sawtooth Mountain in Tom Miner Basin, approximately 25 miles northwest of Gardiner

AGENCY:  Gallatin National Forest


TUESDAY’S PLANNED ACTIVITY: Firefighters will continue mop up work on the entire perimeter of the fire as far as 100 feet inside the perimeter of the fire and searching for hot spots.

MONDAY’S ACTIVITY:  Firefighters completed direct line construction on the northwestern edge of the fire and continued to hold and improve existing containment lines while mopping up hot spots along the fire’s edge. On the east side of the fire, crews continued to mop up as far as 100 feet inside the perimeter in the Horse Creek drainage and secured the north edge of the fire. Mop up also was started in southwest corner along the Sawtooth Ridge.

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:  Horsetail Fire

DATE OF DETECTION:  August 11, 2013

CAUSE:  Lightning

CURRENT SIZE:  approximately 143 acres


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

AGENCY:  Gallatin National Forest


TUESDAY’S PLANNED ACTIVITY: Two fire crews will continue construction of contingency lines and hose lays in the East Fork drainage.

MONDAY’S ACTIVITY:   Crews on the Horsetail Fire constructed contingency lines as well as continued to work on northern containment lines in the bottom of Flanders Creek and the East Fork of Hyalite Creek.  Minimal fire activity was observed 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 NAME:  North Eightmile Fire

DATE OF DETECTION:  August 16, 2013

CAUSE:  Lightning

CURRENT SIZE:  approximately 414 acres


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

AGENCY:  Gallatin National Forest


TUESDAY’S PLANNED ACTIVITY:  Air support will continue to patrol the North Eightmile Fire.

MONDAY’S ACTIVITY:  After firefighters mopped up as far as 100 feet inside the line over the weekend, the crew and spike camp were pulled from North Eightmile to assist fire efforts on the Emigrant Fire.

FIRE WEATHER: Tuesday’s weather will be mostly sunny in the morning, becoming partly cloudy in the afternoon with scattered thunderstorms. Temperatures between 75-86, Relative humidity 15-25 percent and reduced winds out of the south with ridgetop gusts up to 20-25 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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