Fire in Hyalite, Lick Creek Fire, Resources On Scene

Fire in Hyalite, Lick Creek Fire, Resources On Scene

Bozeman, MT –The Custer Gallatin National Forests has confirmed one fire in Hyalite, in the vicinity of Lick Creek, north of the trail, Resources are enroute including a full load of smokejumpers and Engine 661 with two firefighters, from Bozeman Ranger District are hiking into the fire.  The fire is located along the ridgetop burning in timber.

Fire Name:  Lick Creek Fire
Date Detected:  July 29, 2014 
         
Cause: 
Unknown      
Location: 
Hyalite Canyon, North of Lick Creek Trail along the ridgetop.  T4S, R6E, Sec 3
Current Size: 1/2 acre with multiple spots
Resources Assigned:  Engine 661 with 2 firefighters, 8 smokejumpers, 2 helicopters requested
Current Status:  Smokejumpers jumped the fire at approximately 3:20 p.m., an additional engine crew with two firefighters are hiking into the fire.  Currently the fire is burning along the ridgetop.
Closures:  No closures in effect
Remarks:  No structures currently threatened.  Photo Courtesy of Steve Shea

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Miner Paradise Complex Midday Update for 8-31

Students from the Arrowhead School District #75 watch helicopter operations during a recent tour of the Incident Command Post for the Miner Paradise Complex.
Students from the Arrowhead School District #75 watch helicopter operations during a recent tour of the Incident Command Post for the Miner Paradise Complex.

This is the final update from the Eastern Montana Type II Incident Management Team.

Crews on the Miner Paradise Complex continue to chase hot spots along the southeast edge of the Emigrant Fire. A hot shot crew is constructing line in a bowl near Monitor Creek to ensure the fire doesn’t cross the creek as there has been light to moderate fire activity dominated by ground fire with isolated single tree and group torching. There is little to no visible smoke on the remainder of the fires but crews continue to mop up and check for hot spots on the Horsetail Fire. Air resources are patrolling as well.

McBrattney’s Type II IMT under Wally Bennett will assume command of the fires at 6 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 1.

CLOSURES: As of noon Sunday, Sept. 1, the closure surrounding the Emigrant Fire will be reduced.

The new closure boundaries will be immediately north of Gold Prize Creek drainage along Emigrant Peak east to Arrastra and running along the west fork of Mill Creek. West Fork Mill Creek Road and trailhead are open. The area of Cedar Creek beyond the trailhead and around the historic OTO ranch remain closed.

Other areas of interest:

  • Thompson Lake – Open
  • Monitor Peak Trail – Closed
  • Knox Lake Trail – Open
  • Fish Lake Trail – Closed

All visitors should be aware closures are based on the fire and expected fire activity and are subject to change.

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.

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 11,897 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 UPDATE:

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

CONTAINMENT:  56%

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

CONTAINMENT:  100%

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.

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

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

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

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 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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Miner Paradise Complex mid day update 8-30

Smoke over Paradise Valley, Livingston and Bozeman is not from the Miner Paradise Complex but is from fires in California and Idaho.

Crews on the Miner Paradise Complex continue to make ground patro8-30-2013 1-58-32 PMls and rehab and mop up efforts on the Sheep Fire. Crews on the Emigrant Fire are working lines on the fire’s south side and seeking out areas with potential for growth along the northeast corner. The remainder of the fire is being patrolled by air and ground.

Air resources are patrolling the Horsetail and North Eightmile fires as well as providing initial attack response for the area. At least one new fire has been reported near West Yellowstone and air resources are responding to assist with initial attack.

Miner Paradise Complex 8-30 AM Update

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

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

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

Email:  minerparadisecomplex@gmail.com

No Evening Update: Due to low fire activity, there will not be an evening update Friday, August 30. Afternoon updates will continue.

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.

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 11,897 acres, 4 fires            Overall Containment: 37%

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, 4 20-person crews, 4 helicopters, and 3 engines..

Total personnel:  403. Additional resources will be demobilizing throughout today.

FIRE UPDATE:

Fire activity was light to moderate Thursday and that behavior is expected to carry over into today. Firefighters had a quiet day yesterday as they 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

CONTAINMENT:  35%

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

FRIDAY’S PLANNED ACTIVITY: Firefighters will continue to seek out hot spots and mop up deeper into the interior on the southern, western and eastern edges of the fire.

THURSDAY’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

CONTAINMENT:  100%

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 and 1 engine.

Firefighters achieved 100% containment yesterday on the Sheep Fire. Today,crews will continue to patrol the fire’s perimeter and walk along a grid looking for any smokes or hot spots.

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

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

On Thursday, crews continued to monitor limited fire activity in Flanders Creek and pressure tested the hose lay established there. Today, the spike camp at Palisades will be taken down and crews will return to main camp. The fire will continue to be monitored with hose lays in place.

CLOSURES: Hyalite Recreation Area: As of yesterday, 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

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

FIRE WEATHER: Thursday saw widespread rain in the area which brought some relief to suppression efforts. Today’s weather will be drier with temperatures in the mid 70’s to mid 80’s. Residual moisture from Thursday’s showers should keep the humidity in the 17-26% range. Winds will be westerly at 10-15 mph, with gusts up to 30 mph on ridgetops. Extended forecast is for warm and dry conditions through Monday morning.

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 8-29 PM Update

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

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

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

Email:  minerparadisecomplex@gmail.com

Notice: This will be the final evening update from the Eastern Montana Type II Incident Management Team. Morning updates will continue.

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.

Public tour: The Incident Management Team would like to thank the attendees of Wednesday’s public tour. Fifty people attended the tour of the Incident Command Post of the 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 11,897 acres, 4 fires            Overall Containment: 37%

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, 5 engines, 1 skidgine, and 1 excavator.

Total personnel:  403

FIRE UPDATE:

Fire activity was light to moderate today and that behavior is expected to carry over into tomorrow. Firefighters had a quiet day as they 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

CONTAINMENT:  35%

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, 3 Type 2 IA crews, 1 engine

FRIDAY’S PLANNED ACTIVITY: Firefighters will continue to seek out hot spots  and mop up deeper into the interior on the southern, western and eastern edges of the fire. .

THURSDAY’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

CONTAINMENT:  100%

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, 4 engines, 1 skidgine

Firefighters achieved 100% containment today on the Sheep Fire. While the fire is contained, that does not mean it is out. Crews will continue to patrol the fire’s perimeter and clean up the edges as necessary Friday.

CLOSURES & OTHER INFORMATION:  Tom Miner Basin: The Tom Miner Basin Road leading up to and including the Tom Miner Campground will be opened at noon today. 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

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

Crews continued to monitor limited fire activity in Flanders Creek with a hose lay established and will continue to do so Friday.

CLOSURES: Hyalite Recreation Area: As of noon today, in the Hyalite Creek drainage, 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.

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

FIRE WEATHER: Thursday saw widespread rain in the area which brought some relief to suppression efforts. Friday’s weather will be warmer and drier but residual moisture from Thursday’s showers should keep the humidity in the 30-35% range. Winds will be out of the south southwest to west and at 15-30 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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