Miner Paradise Complex 8-28 Afternoon Update

Fire Closures Reduced in Hyalite and Tom Miner Basin in the Gallatin National Forest

Closures arouThank you sign in old chico_ Jeff Franknd the Horsetail Fire in the Hyalite Recreation Area- near Bozeman, MT and the Sheep Fire in Tom Miner Basin-near Gardiner, MT will be shrinking, as of noon on August 29, 2013. 

Hyalite Recreation Area: In Hyalite the public will be 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.

Tom Miner Basin: The Tom Miner Basin Road leading up to and including the Tom Miner Campground will be opened. 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

Public Tour Tonight August 28, at 5 p.m.

The public is invited to attend an open house at the Incident Command Post (ICP) for the Miner Paradise Complex tonight, August 28 at 5 p.m.

The guided tour will begin promptly at 5 p.m. and last until approximately 7 p.m. The tour will cover the majority of functions within camp which supports the firefighting efforts and is homebase for almost 500 fire personnel.

If interested, call (406) 333-9971 or (406) 333-9961, confirming your attendance, but an RSVP is not required. All are welcome. Directions are on Inciweb. http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3657/

8-28 Fire Update

Wednesday afternoon, cumulus cloud buildup is present over the fires this afternoon, creating gusty winds.

Emigrant Fire- Crews are continuing to construct direct handline and mop up on the western, southern, and eastern perimeters. Crews are making good progress on contingency lines northeast of the fire in Emigrant gulch.

Sheep Fire- Crews continue mopping up the fires edge along horse creek and rehabilitating dozer contingency lines on the north end.

Horsetail Fire- Fire crews are monitoring fire spread in Flanders Creek and are improving contingency lines to the north along Flanders Creek and East Fork of Hyalite Creeks.

North Eightmile Fire- Is currently being monitored by aircraft and has observed very little fire activity.

Miner Paradise Complex: Fire Closures Reduced in Hyalite and Tom Miner Basin on August 29, 2013 Noon

For Immediate Release                                          Contact: Marianne Baumberger, 406-579-3732

Date: August 28, 2013                                                                    Marna Daley 406-587-6703               

Fire Closures Reduced in Hyalite and Tom Miner Basin in the Gallatin National Forest

Bozeman and Gardiner. MT– Closures around the Horsetail Fire in the Hyalite Recreation Area- near Bozeman, MT and the Sheep Fire in Tom Miner Basin-near Gardiner, MT will be shrinking, as of noon on August 29, 2013

Hyalite Recreation Area: In Hyalite the public will be 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.

Tom Miner Basin: The Tom Miner Basin Road leading up to and including the Tom Miner Campground will be opened. 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.

The Gallatin National Forest would like to remind the public that Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are still in effect across the entire forest. Visitors are reminded campfires and charcoal fires are only allowed at Forest Service selected recreation sites. All other fires not in the selected sites, even those within rock fire rings and in wood-burning stoves in canvas wall tents are prohibited are not allowed. A list of designated Forest Service sites that allow fires is located at www.firerestrictions.us. Additionally, under Stage I Fire Restrictions, smoking is allowed only within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is cleared of all flammable materials.

It is important for all of us to stay vigilant about fire safety. Additional information can be found by visiting www.firerestrictions.us, www.fs.usda.gov/gallatin, www.fs.usda.gov/custer or by calling your local ranger district office.

Gallatin National Forest Ranger Districts                          Custer National Forest Ranger Districts

Big Timber:  406-932-5155                                                    Ashland:  406-784-2344

Gardiner:  406-848-7375                                                        Beartooth:  406-446-2103

Yellowstone:  406-222-1892                                                  Sioux:  605-797-4432

Bozeman:  406-522-2520

Hebgen Lake:  406-823-6961

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Miner Paradise Complex 8-28 am Update. Public Tour of Fire Camp at 5pm Tonight

From U.S. 89, turn west on Murphy Lane at the flashing yellow light. Turn right on East River Road, left on Six Mile Creek Road and left on Conlin Road. Please check in with security for parking instructions.
From U.S. 89, turn west on Murphy Lane at the flashing yellow light. Turn right on East River Road, left on Six Mile Creek Road and left on Conlin Road. Please check in with security for parking instructions.

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: A tour of the Incident Command Post of the Miner Paradise Complex will begin at 5 p.m. today, Wednesday, Aug. 28, and is open to the general public. 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.

 FIRE RESTRICTIONS

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

 FIRE INFORMATION:

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, 4 20-person crews, 6 helicopters, 14 engines, 2 skidgens, 1 excavator.

Total personnel:  521

 FIRE UPDATE:

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

CONTAINMENT:  19%

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

 WEDNESDAY’S PLANNED ACTIVITY: 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. 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.

 TUESDAY’S ACTIVITY: 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

CONTAINMENT:  45%

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 2 IA crew, 5 engines

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

 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                   

CONTAINMENT:  0%

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

AGENCY:  Gallatin National Forest

PERSONNEL AND RESOURCES ON THE FIRE: 1 Type 2 crew

 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           

CONTAINMENT:  17%                                         

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

AGENCY:  Gallatin National Forest

PERSONNEL AND RESOURCES ON THE FIRE: Unstaffed, air patrol.

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 ranging from 70s to 80s with relative humidity 25-30 percent and winds out of the southwest 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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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.

FIRE RESTRICTIONS

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

FIRE INFORMATION:

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 UPDATE:

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

CONTAINMENT:  19%

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

CONTAINMENT:  45%

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 2 IA crew, 10 engines

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

CONTAINMENT:  0%

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

AGENCY:  Gallatin National Forest

PERSONNEL AND RESOURCES ON THE FIRE: 2 Type 2 crews

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

CONTAINMENT:  17%

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

AGENCY:  Gallatin National Forest

PERSONNEL AND RESOURCES ON THE FIRE: Unstaffed, air patrol.

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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Miner Paradise Complex Afternoon Fire Update 8-27

Attached photo: Hose lay on a contingency line on the Emigrant Fire. Bruce Giersdorf
Attached photo: Hose lay on a contingency line on the Emigrant Fire. Bruce Giersdorf

ICP Open House:

The public is invited to attend an open house at the Incident Command Post (ICP) for the Miner Paradise Complex on Wednesday, August 28 at 5 p.m.

The guided tour will begin promptly at 5 p.m. and last until approximately 7 p.m. The tour will cover the majority of functions within camp which supports the firefighting efforts and is homebase for almost 500 fire personnel. If interested, call (406) 333-9971 or (406) 333-9961, confirming your attendance, but an RSVP is not required. All are welcome. Directions are on Inciweb. http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3657/

Fire Update:

Tuesday afternoon on the Emigrant Fire, crews are completing direct line construction on the southwest corner of the fire in Big Pine Basin and are continuing contingency lines to the south and east of Emigrant Peak and north of the North Fork of Sixmile Creek drainage. Crews are also constructing direct fire line and working hot spots on the eastern corner of the fire.

On the Sheep Fire crews are continuing with mop up on the north and east edges of the Sheep fire.

On the Horsetail Fire, fire crews continue to construct contingency lines to the north along Flanders Creek and East Fork of Hyalite Creeks.

North Eightmile Fire is being monitored by aircraft and earlier Tuesday morning interior smokes were seen in the North Eightmile fire. The fire is unstaffed on the ground.

Cumulus cloud buildup is present over the fires this afternoon. With this weather, there is a possibility of thunderstorms this afternoon and evening, producing scattered showers, gusty outflow winds and lightning.

Public invited to tour Miner Paradise Fire camp

From U.S. 89, turn west on Murphy Lane at the flashing yellow light. Turn right on East River Road, left on Six Mile Creek Road and left on Conlin Road. Please check in with security for parking instructions.
From U.S. 89, turn west on Murphy Lane at the flashing yellow light. Turn right on East River Road, left on Six Mile Creek Road and left on Conlin Road. Please check in with security for parking instructions.

The public is invited to attend an open house at the Incident Command Post (ICP) for the Miner Paradise Complex on Wednesday, August 28 at 5 p.m.

The guided tour will begin promptly at 5 p.m. and last until approximately 7 p.m. The tour will cover the majority of functions within camp which supports the firefighting efforts and is homebase for almost 500 fire personnel. Everything from fire suppression operations and planning to the logistics of housing, feeding and supplying such a large operation will be included.

Comfortable shoes or boots are recommended. Open toed shoes and high heels are discouraged because of the partially rocky terrain. The public is encouraged to bring cameras and ask questions of the tour staff.

It is appreciated to call (406) 333-9971 or (406) 333-9961, confirming your attendance, but an RSVP is not required. All are welcome.

The command post is located southwest of the intersection of East River Road and Six Mile Creek Road. Please check in with security upon arrival and they will direct you to parking.

Pre-evacuation warning for upper Tom Miner Basin lifted

A recent coordination between the Park County Sheriff’s Office, Paradise Valley Fire, Custer and Gallatin National Forests and the Type 2 Incident Management Team in command of the Miner Paradise Complex, the decision has been made to rescind the pre-evacuation order for Upper Tom Miner Basin effective at 8 a.m. Tuesday, August 27.

Forest closures, Stage 1 fire restrictions and the Park County burn ban will remain in place until further notice.

The forest is working to lift the closure in upper Tom Miner basin as soon as possible. Further information will be announced as the closure is lifted.

Fore more information on the lifting of the pre-evacuation, contact the Park County Sheriff’s office at (406) 222-2050 or visit ParkCounty.org.

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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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.

FIRE RESTRICTIONS

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

FIRE INFORMATION:

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 UPDATE:

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

CONTAINMENT:  13%

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

CONTAINMENT:  39%

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 2 IA crew, 10 engines

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

CONTAINMENT:  0%

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

AGENCY:  Gallatin National Forest

PERSONNEL AND RESOURCES ON THE FIRE: 2 Type 2 crews

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

CONTAINMENT:  17%

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

AGENCY:  Gallatin National Forest

PERSONNEL AND RESOURCES ON THE FIRE: Unstaffed, air patrol.

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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Miner Paradise Complex 8-26 PM update

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

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

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 sent out with the morning update as well as uploaded to inciweb.org.

FIRE RESTRICTIONS

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

FIRE INFORMATION:

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 UPDATE:

Fire behavior was moderate today. Despite an increase in temperature, the humidity remained higher than predicted and enabled firefighters to secure edges and mop up more areas along the fires’ perimeters.

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

CONTAINMENT:  13%

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 1 crew, 2 Type 2 crew, 2 Type 2 IA crews, 16 engines, 1 dozer

MONDAY’S ACTIVITY:  Crews continued fire line construction on  the western edge of the perimeter into Big Pine Basin, along with more work on the hot spots along the northwest edge of the fire and continued structure protection on the historic OTO Ranch in the Cedar Creek area.  Firefighters are 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.

TUESDAY’S PLANNED ACTIVITY: Another 20-person crew will be brought in on the Emigrant Fire to help continue work in the bowl near Big Pine Basin on the western side of the fire. Crews in the northern most area of the Emigrant maintained containment lines and mopped up further into the line. Crews are nearing completion on hose lays and fuels reduction to help with structure protection at the historic OTO Ranch to the south and in the Mill Creek area to the north.    

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

CONTAINMENT:  39%

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 2 crew, 8 engines, 1 dozer

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.

TUESDAY’S PLANNED ACTIVITY: Firefighters will continue to work hot spots in the area of 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 and look for 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:  Horsetail Fire

DATE OF DETECTION:  August 11, 2013       

CAUSE:  Lightning

CURRENT SIZE:  approximately 143 acres                   

CONTAINMENT:  0%

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

AGENCY:  Gallatin National Forest

PERSONNEL AND RESOURCES ON THE FIRE: 2 Type 2 crews

MONDAY’S ACTIVITY:   Crews on the Horsetail Fire completed 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. 

TUESDAY’S PLANNED ACTIVITY: Crews will look for areas to create direct or continue indirect handlines utilizing two 20-person crews and bolster existing lines. 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  

CONTAINMENT:  17%                                          

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

AGENCY:  Gallatin National Forest

PERSONNEL AND RESOURCES ON THE FIRE: Unstaffed, air patrol.

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 and will be moved to the Emigrant Fire to help continue constructing line.

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

FIRE WEATHER: Evening and overnight weather has the potential for developing isolated storm cells that could generate outflow winds throughout the fire area. Tomorrow temperatures are expected to be above average but be accompanied by increased humidity and reduced winds out of the south with gust as high as 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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Start date:  August 16, 2013   (N. Eightmile)  

Contact:  Mariah Leuschen, Heather Noel, Karen Tuscano, Joe Zwierzchowski, Charity Parks or Virginia Knerr.        

 

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 sent out with the morning update as well as uploaded to inciweb.org.

 

FIRE RESTRICTIONS

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

 

FIRE INFORMATION:

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 UPDATE:

Fire behavior was moderate today. Despite an increase in temperature, the humidity remained higher than predicted and enabled firefighters to secure edges and mop up more areas along the fires’ perimeters.

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

CONTAINMENT:  13%

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 1 crew, 2 Type 2 crew, 2 Type 2 IA crews, 16 engines, 1 dozer

 

MONDAY’S ACTIVITY:  Crews continued fire line construction on  the western edge of the perimeter into Big Pine Basin, along with more work on the hot spots along the northwest edge of the fire and continued structure protection on the historic OTO Ranch in the Cedar Creek area.  Firefighters are 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.

 

TUESDAY’S PLANNED ACTIVITY: Another 20-person crew will be brought in on the Emigrant Fire to help continue work in the bowl near Big Pine Basin on the western side of the fire. Crews in the northern most area of the Emigrant maintained containment lines and mopped up further into the line. Crews are nearing completion on hose lays and fuels reduction to help with structure protection at the historic OTO Ranch to the south and in the Mill Creek area to the north.    

 

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

CONTAINMENT:  39%

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 2 crew, 8 engines, 1 dozer

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.

 

TUESDAY’S PLANNED ACTIVITY: Firefighters will continue to work hot spots in the area of 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 and look for 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:  Horsetail Fire

 

DATE OF DETECTION:  August 11, 2013       

CAUSE:  Lightning

CURRENT SIZE:  approximately 143 acres                   

CONTAINMENT:  0%

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

AGENCY:  Gallatin National Forest

PERSONNEL AND RESOURCES ON THE FIRE: 2 Type 2 crews

 

MONDAY’S ACTIVITY:   Crews on the Horsetail Fire completed 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. 

 

TUESDAY’S PLANNED ACTIVITY: Crews will look for areas to create direct or continue indirect handlines utilizing two 20-person crews and bolster existing lines. 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  

CONTAINMENT:  17%                                          

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

AGENCY:  Gallatin National Forest

PERSONNEL AND RESOURCES ON THE FIRE: Unstaffed, air patrol.

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 and will be moved to the Emigrant Fire to help continue constructing line.

 

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

 

 

FIRE WEATHER: Evening and overnight weather has the potential for developing isolated storm cells that could generate outflow winds throughout the fire area. Tomorrow temperatures are expected to be above average but be accompanied by increased humidity and reduced winds out of the south with gust as high as 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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Miner Paradise Complex – mid day

FIRE UPDATE: On Monday, crews on the Miner Paradise Complex are working to maintain progress that was made over the weekend.

On the North Eightmile, the spike camp and crews are being pulled and will be utilized elsewhere on the complex. On Sunday, the crews worked to mop up as far as 100 feet inside containment lines on the northern ridge of Eightmile. Air support crews will monitor and patrol the fire throughout the day.

Firefighters are holding their ground on the Horsetail Fire and working to check up areas of concern throughout the Emigrant Fire. Good progress has been made on the northwest corner of the Emigrant Fire as crews continue to construct line to contain the fire.

On the Sheep Fire, firefighters completed 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 secured the north edge of the fire.

The overall containment of the complex stands at 15%.

There still remains an opportunity for increased fire activity today with winds continuing to blow 10-15 mph out of the southwest and humidity at 15-20%. There is expected to be cumulus development over the fires this afternoon which could produce gusty outflow winds, further drying vegetation and adding to the potential fire activity.