Miner Paradise Complex AM Update 8-31

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

Contact:  Mariah Leuschen, Heather Noel      

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

Email:  minerparadisecomplex@gmail.com

This will be the final daily update from the Eastern Montana Type II Incident Management Team. A Type II IMT under the command of Wally Bennett will assume control of the complex at 6 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 1, and updates will continue through email and Inciweb (http://inciweb.org/incident/3657/).

Closures: Closures around the Horsetail Fire in the Hyalite Recreation Area – near Bozeman, MT and the Sheep Fire in Tom Miner Basin – near Gardiner, MT have been reduced, as of noon Thursday, August 29, 2013. Specifics are listed per fire regarding Tom Miner area and Horsetail Fire area closures.


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 11,897 acres, 4 fires            Overall Containment: 52%

Emigrant Fire: Approximately 10,770 acres, Sheep Fire: Approximately 570 acres, North Eightmile Fire: Approximately 414 acres, Horsetail Fire:  Approximately 143 acres. Resources Assigned: 3 Hotshot crews, 5 20-person crews, 4 helicopters, and 2 engines.

Total personnel:  369. Additional resources will be demobilizing throughout today.


Fire activity was light Friday and that behavior is expected to carry over into today. Firefighters worked to secure edges of the fire and continued to mop up more areas along the fires’ perimeters.

FIRE NAME:  Emigrant Fire

DATE OF DETECTION:  July 21, 2013

CAUSE:  Lightning

CURRENT SIZE:  approximately 10,770 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: 3 Type 1 crew, 2 Type 2 IA crews, and 1 engine

SATURDAY’S PLANNED ACTIVITY: Firefighters will continue to seek out hot spots, construct line where needed and mop up deeper into the interior on the southern, western and eastern edges of the fire while working on rehabbing lines on the northern perimeter.

FRIDAY’S ACTIVITY: Fire activity ranged from creeping and smoldering, to hot spots along the fire’s edge but remained minimal overall. Crews continued fire line construction and mop up along areas of the fire while placing 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


Firefighters achieved 100% containment on the Sheep Fire on Thursday. On Saturday, crews will continue to patrol the fire’s perimeter and walk along a grid looking for any smokes or hot spots as well as rehab fire lines.

CLOSURES & OTHER INFORMATION:  Tom Miner Basin: The Tom Miner Basin Road leading up to and including the Tom Miner Campground was opened yesterday. As well as the upper Tom Miner basin that includes trail # 120 from Tom Miner Campground leading to Buffalo Horn Pass as well as the Sunlight Creek Trail # 291 will be opened. The Divide Creek Road #3250 will also be opened.  An area around the Sheep Fire from Sheep Creek to the west and Grizzly Creek to the east and the Forest Boundary to the north and Yellowstone National Park boundary to the south will remain closed. This includes Horse Creek Trail #297 that leads to Shooting Star Lake

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


On Friday, resources patrolled the fire by air and observed little activity. Saturday, a squad will patrol the perimeter of the fire around Flanders Lake, seeking out any hot spots and smoke.

CLOSURES: Hyalite Recreation Area: As of Friday, in the Hyalite Creek drainage, the public is allowed back into the West Fork of Hyalite Creek all the way to Hyalite Peak. This means Chisholm and Hood Creek Campgrounds, Maxey and Window Rock Cabins, as well as the Crescent Lake Trail and Palace Butte Trailhead that leads to Hyalite Peak and Grotto Falls will be open. The East Fork of Hyalite Creek will remain closed, including the Palisade Falls Trailhead and Picnic area, Emerald and Heather Lakes Trailhead and Flanders Creek drainage.

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 fire was monitored by aircraft Friday and very little fire activity was observed from the fire. An aerial patrol will continue today.

FIRE WEATHER: Saturday’s weather will see a generally westerly flow with cooler, drier air moving in. Temperatures will be in the 70s to 80s with humidity 25-30% and winds out of the west at 10-15 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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