Miner Paradise Complex 8-28 pm Fire Update

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

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

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

Email:  minerparadisecomplex@gmail.com

Public tour: The Incident Management Team would like to thank the attendees of the public tour this evening.. Fifty people attended the tour of the Incident Command Post of the 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 11,849 acres, 4 fires            Overall Containment: 28%

Emigrant Fire: Approximately 10,722 acres, Sheep Fire: Approximately 570 acres, North Eightmile Fire: Approximately 414 acres, Horsetail Fire:  Approximately 143 acres. Resources Assigned: 3 Hotshot crews, 8 20-person crews, 4 helicopters, 12 engines, 1 skidgen, 1 dozer and 1 excavator.

Total personnel:  419


Fire activity was moderate today 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 Thursday. Temperatures in the 70’s and 80’s 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 10,722 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, 2 Type 2 IA crews, 9 engines

THURSDAY’S PLANNED ACTIVITY: Firefighters will continue to seek out hot spots throughout the day. Crews will continue constructing and improving direct hand line which requires heavy saw work on the west, south and east sides of the fire. Structure assessments and protection efforts are finalized in the areas south of the Emigrant Fire as well as along the Mill Creek and Cedar Creek areas.

WEDNESDAY’S ACTIVITY: Fire activity ranged from creeping and smoldering, to hot spots burning on the northwest corner. Crews continued fire line construction and mop up along areas of the fire while scouting for opportunities to place direct handline on the southern edge of the fire 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


THURSDAY’S PLANNED ACTIVITY: Crews will patrol the west edge of the fire. Firefighters also will continue mop up work on the perimeter of the fire, working deeper into Horse Creek, while extinguishing hot spots.

WEDNESDAY’S ACTIVITY: Fire activity was creeping and smoldering at ground level. Crews rehabbed all contingency dozer 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 on Wednesday. Thursday’s plans call for crews to clear brush and strengthen the containment fire lines and monitor the fire activity in Flanders Creek.

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  

CONTAINMENT:  17%                                          

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

AGENCY:  Gallatin National Forest


The fire was monitored by aircraft and very little fire activity was observed today on the fire. An aerial patrol will continue Wednesday.

FIRE WEATHER: Thursday’s weather will be mostly sunny in the morning, with scattered thunderstorms in the afternoon with temperatures ranging from 70s to 80s with relative humidity 20-30 percent and winds out of the southwest around 20-30 mph. Friday and Saturday’s weather is expected to bring drier conditions.

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.orgSky at ICP 8_28

Each of the fires are currently listed under the Miner Paradise Complex.


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