Miner Paradise Complex 8-27 PM Update

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

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

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

Email:  minerparadisecomplex@gmail.com

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 and driving directions to the command post are posted on inciweb.org under Miner Paradise Complex.

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


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: 25%

Emigrant Fire: Approximately 10,455 acres, Sheep Fire: Approximately 570 acres, North Eightmile Fire: Approximately 414 acres, Horsetail Fire:  Approximately 143 acres. Resources Assigned: 2 Hotshot crews, 8 20-person crews, 6 helicopters, 24 engines, 2 dozers.

Total personnel:  521


Fire activity was moderate Tuesday as firefighters worked to secure edges and continued to mop up more areas along the fires’ perimeters. Two 20-person crews were added to the efforts and will be working the fires Wednesday. Higher than average temperatures and moderate humidity is predicted for the next several days along with isolated thunderstorms which could bring scattered showers, gusty outflow winds and lightning.

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.

WEDNESDAY’S PLANNED ACTIVITY: Crews will continue constructing direct hand line which  requires heavy saw work on the west side of the fire and begin mop up work along the southwest and western edges of the fire. Structure assessments and protection efforts will be finalized in the areas south of the Emigrant Fire as well as along the Mill Creek and Cedar Creek areas. Firefighters will be using avalanche chutes and natural topographical features including large rock screes northeast of the fire as they continue to build contingency lines and seek out hot spots throughout the day.

TUESDAY’S ACTIVITY: Crews continued fire line construction and mop up along areas of the fire while scouting for opportunities to place direct handline and battling several hot spots.

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


WEDNESDAY’S PLANNED ACTIVITY: Firefighters will continue mop up work on the perimeter of the fire while extinguishing hot spots. Crews also will continue rehabbing contingency dozer lines north of the fire in Tom Miner Basin and along Horse Creek.

TUESDAY’S ACTIVITY:  Crews rehabbed contingency lines north of the fire’s edge and continued mop up efforts as far as 100 feet inside the line.

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


Contingency lines were improved and hose lays were continued in the East Fork drainage Tuesday. Wednesday’s plans call for crews to monitor the fire and improve indirect lines and hose lays where possible.

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


The North Eightmile fire saw little activity Tuesday as aircraft were used to monitor the fire. An aerial patrol will continue Wednesday.

FIRE WEATHER: Wednesday’s weather will be mostly sunny in the morning, with scattered thunderstorms and temperatures in the mid 70s. Relative humidity 25-30 percent and reduced winds out of the south around 15-25 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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