Millie Fire Update 9/7 PM

Millie Fire Update
Email: mtmilliefire2012@gmail.com
8:00 p.m. Sep 7, 2012
For Immediate Release          
Phone: (877) 405-0033 7:00 am – 10:00 pm

(877) 390-4323 7:00 am – 10:00 pm

Weather Cooperates For Now as Firefighters Gain Ground
Bozeman, MT – The Millie Fire, twenty miles south of Bozeman, at 10,205 acres is now 35 percent contained. Cool temperatures, moderate humidity and relatively calm wind allowed crews to gain a little more containment and cool off active fire with bucket drops from helicopters in advance of deteriorating weather.
The Incident Meteorologist predicts favorable weather for suppression work will continue through tomorrow, but a change in conditions making firefighting more difficult is ahead.
The National Weather Bureau has posted a Red Flag Warning for portions of Montana including the Millie Fire from Sunday afternoon through Tuesday. This means an increase in temperature, decrease in humidity and strong gusty winds.
The major emphasis today was the northeast corner of the fire, in the head of South Cottonwood Creek. Hand crews dug containment line on the west aspect of the ridge above the canyon, while helicopters repeatedly doused the extremely steep and rugged east aspect.
While many Gallatin National Forest users are anxious to get back into the forest, closures remain in effect for several reasons. Roads and trails within the fire area are being heavily used by fire traffic, making them unsafe for the motoring public. Although very little smoke was observed over the past few days, fire remains very active in many areas, creating unsafe conditions for the public. Predicted weather poses the very real possibility of increased activity.
The Hyalite Canyon and Cottonwood Canyon structure groups continued structure protection activities and assessment of future needs in their respective areas.
A Sky Crane helicopter borrowed from another fire assisted two other large helicopters with bucket drops on active areas. Two smaller helicopters supported establishment of remote automated weather stations (RAWS), reconnaissance, and shuttling personnel and supplies.
Today there are 13 crews, 12 engines, four helicopters, eight dozers and one water tender working on the fire. A total of 500 personnel are assigned to the incident.
Additional fire Information meetings may be scheduled if the need arises. For more information, please call (877)405-0033 or (877)390-4323.
Motorists are reminded to be vigilant for fire traffic along U. S. Highway 191 and throughout the general vicinity of the fire during the busy upcoming weekend.
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Millie Fire Update 9/7 AM

Millie Fire Update 
8:00 a.m. Sep 7, 2012 
For Immediate Release                          
 

 

Contact Us:
Email: mtmilliefire2012@gmail.com
Web: www.inciweb.org
Phone: (877) 405-0033 7:00 am ? 10:00 pm
(877) 390-4323 7:00 am ? 10:00 pm
 
Steady Progress on the Millie Fire
 
 
Bozeman, MT ? Firefighters will take advantage of the mild weather again today as they work to increase containment on the Millie Fire. The fire is estimated at 10,205 acres and 31 percent contained.
 
The plan for today is to scout new areas to construct fireline on the north, south and eastern edges of the fire. Crews will also patrol and mop up hot spots as well as begin to repair areas on the western edge that were impacted by suppression activities.
 
The heavy helicopters will continue to do water drops as needed and the lighter ships will support crews by hauling equipment and supplies.   
 
Some of the hazards crews face on this incident are steep slopes, fire-weakened trees and rolling logs and debris. At the morning briefing, Safety Officer, Scott Wuebber, told the crews, ?Continue to work hard and get through the day safely.?
 
There are 537 personnel assigned to the incident. Resources include four helicopters, 15 crews, 20 engines, eight dozers and four water tenders. 
 
The forecast shows sunny skies and light winds. The temperature will be between 68-72 degrees. The outlook for this weekend is for warmer temperatures and stronger winds; this will likely contribute to increased fire activity.
 
To provide for firefighter and public safety, a forest closure remains in effect. Motorists are reminded to be aware of increased fire traffic along U.S. Highway 191 and to use caution around the fire area.
 
Additional Fire Information meetings have yet to be determined. For more information, please call 877-405-0033 or 877-390-4323.
 
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Millie Fire Update 9/6 PM

Millie Fire Over 30 Percent Contained
Incident: Millie Fire Wildfire

Bozeman, MT – Firefighters pushed hard today to secure and construct line in the most troublesome and rugged areas of the Millie Fire. The fire is now estimated at 10,205 acres and 31 percent contained.

Crews used aircraft to drop water on hot spots and to transport equipment and supplies into remote areas of the fire. The Pine Creek Fire loaned a larger helicopter capable of hauling heavier loads to the Millie Fire today and it assisted crews on the eastern perimeter.

There are 537 personnel assigned to the incident. Resources include four helicopters, 15 crews, 20 engines, eight dozers and four water tenders.

On this fire, portable weather stations are being used to gain valuable fire weather information about current and future conditions. These stations operate 24 hours a day and measure wind, precipitation and humidity at different elevations and across varied terrain. Fire managers incorporate this critical information into the safety message that firefighters receive each day before their work begins. One portable weather station is located at a remote camp on the northern edge of the fire, and two more will be positioned near Hyalite and Cottonwood drainages.

A change in the weather is expected this weekend, which may contribute to increased fire activity. Crews have been made aware of this potential change.

To provide for firefighter and public safety, a forest closure remains in effect. Motorists are reminded to be aware of increased fire traffic along U.S. Highway 191 and to use caution around the fire area.

Millie Fire Update 9/6 AM

Millie Fire Update
8:00 a.m. Sep 6, 2012  For Immediate Release

 

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Email: mtmilliefire2012@gmail.com

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Phone: (877) 405-0033 7:00 am – 10:00 pm

(877) 390-4323 7:00 am – 10:00 pm

 

Todays Weather Provides Opportunity for Continued Progress

Bozeman, MT – The Millie Fire, twenty miles south of Bozeman, is 10,196 acres and is now 25 percent contained. Extremely rough terrain makes work slow, but today’s forecast promises conditions conducive to building on yesterday’s accomplishments.

Skies will be partly cloudy with 4-6 mph wind on ridge tops, relative humidity of about 30%, and temperature approaching 60 degrees. These conditions are likely to subdue fire intensity, allowing firefighters to work directly on the fire edge in most places.

On the west side of the fire, crews will be cooling off heat along the line. On the north side, crews will move east with hose lays to douse heat and build containment line toward the upper end of South Cottonwood Creek. Crews will mop up along the containment line on the south flank, moving east, and build additional line toward the extreme east end of the fire.

Reconnaissance and planning for contingency line location in Hyalite Canyon and in Cottonwood Canyon continue.

Helicopters will be dropping water to slow fire progression throughout the day as conditions allow. They will also provide reconnaissance and equipment supply support.

Crews camping on the north end of the fire remain alert for the presence of large predators, as the frequency of bear sightings increases.

Today there are 14 crews, 20 engines, four helicopters, eight dozers and four water tenders working on the fire. A total of 540 personnel are assigned to the incident.

A Fire Information meeting will be conducted tonight at Hope Lutheran Church, 2152 W. Graf St., in Bozeman.

Forest closures remain in effect to provide public and firefighter safety. Motorists are reminded to be vigilant for fire traffic along U. S. Highway 191 and throughout the general vicinity of the fire.

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Millie Fire Update 9/5 PM

Containment Increases to 25 Percent on Millie Fire
Incident: Millie Fire Wildfire

Bozeman, MT – Crews had another productive day on the 10,196-acre Millie Fire, 20 miles south of Bozeman. The fire is now 25 percent contained.
Today, operations included improving fireline north and east from the Blanchard Ranch, and south from Telephone Ridge. The smoke lifted early in the day, which allowed aircraft to assist crews earlier. The helicopters helped by relaying information to firefighters on the ground about hot spots that needed attention.
Additional firefighters arrived, bringing the total number of personnel to 540. Resources assigned to the incident include four helicopters, 14 crews, 20 engines, eight dozers and four water tenders. A change in the weather is expected this weekend, which may contribute to increased fire activity. Crews have been made aware of this potential change.
The next Fire Information Meeting will be 6 p.m. Thursday, at the Hope Lutheran Church, 2152 W. Graf St., in Bozeman.
To provide for firefighter and public safety, a forest closure remains in effect. Motorists are reminded to be aware of increased fire traffic along U.S. Highway 191 and to use caution around the fire area.

Leads Online “ReportIT” for Citizens

The Belgrade Police Department has been using the “Leads Online” database service for the past few years as a tool in checking local pawn shop records, as well as identifying and recovering stolen items. Recently, Leads Online has implemented ReportIT, a new online service which is available to the public as a tool for cataloging and recording their valuables in the event that they should ever be stolen. ReportIT is free and secure, and allows public citizens to upload images, record serial numbers and scan the receipts of their valuables. This allows for quick reporting and identification by law enforcement in the event of a theft or loss. This record may also come in handy when reporting any loss to your insurance provider. Citizens can access the website at reportit.leadsonline.com. Citizens wishing to inquire further about ReportIT can contact the Belgrade Police Department at 406.388.4262.

Sergeant Dustin Lensing
Detective Division
Belgrade Police Department
406-388-4262/dlensing@belgradepolice.net

Millie Fire Update for 9/5 AM

Millie Fire Update8:00 a.m. Sep 5, 2012 
For Immediate Release                          
Contact Us:
Email: mtmilliefire2012@gmail.com
Phone:  (877) 405-0033 7:00 am – 10:00 pm
               (877) 390-4323 7:00 am – 10:00 pm
Firefighters Persistently Patient on the Millie Fire
Bozeman, MT – The Millie Fire, twenty miles south of Bozeman is 10,191 acres and is now 15 percent contained. Extremely rough terrain makes work slow, but firefighters patiently persevere, making steady and effective progress around the fire.
On the southwest and west sides of the fire, crews will be cleaning up the spot fires remaining, as well as continuing mop up. Structure protection around Blanchard Ranch, and hose lay will continue.
On the north side mop up near the upper end of South Cottonwood Creek is the order of the day.
Crews will construct containment line on the south flank, moving east, and clean up remaining spot fires.
Reconnaissance and scouting for contingency line location in Hyalite Canyon and in Cottonwood Canyon continue.
Four helicopters are assigned to the incident. Two heavy helicopters will be dropping water to slow fire progression throughout the day as conditions allow. The two smaller ships will be used for reconnaissance and equipment supply.
Crews camping on the north end of the fire remain alert for the presence of large predators. Bears are becoming more active as they fatten up for the upcoming winter.  A few bears have been observed by firefighters.  Firefighters are diligent in their efforts to maintain clean camps which do not attract bears.
Today there are 12 crews, 23 engines, four helicopters, nine dozers and four water tenders working on the fire.  A total of 522 personnel are assigned to the incident.
There will be no Fire Information Meeting tonight.
People driving in the area are reminded to be aware of the increased fire traffic and be careful.
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Millie Fire Update 9/4 PM

Millie Fire Update 

8:00 p.m. Sep 4, 2012 

For Immediate Release                          
Contact Us:
Email: mtmilliefire2012@gmail.com
Phone:  (877) 405-0033 7:00 am – 10:00 pm
               (877) 390-4323 7:00 am – 10:00 pm

Containment Up to 15 Percent on the Millie Fire

Bozeman, MT – The Millie Fire, located 20 miles south of Bozeman on the Gallatin National Forest grew slowly today. The lightning-caused fire is 10,191 acres and 15 percent contained.
Crews made steady progress constructing and reinforcing fireline on the west, north and south sides of the fire. Aircraft dropped water on hot spots in the afternoon to minimize fire spread in the South Cottonwood Creek drainage.
Tom Suwyn, Incident Commander said, “We know it has been a long season for many of our firefighters and we appreciate that they are concentrating on working safely in extreme conditions to get this job done.”
The current weather pattern is forecast to continue over the next few days, which should allow firefighters to make steady progress.
Resources assigned to the incident include twelve crews, 23 engines, four helicopters, nine dozers and four water tenders for a total of 522 personnel.
Another Information Meeting was held tonight to keep community members updated on the fire.  The next community meeting will be held September 6 at 6 p.m. at the Hope Lutheran Church, 2152 W. Graf St., in Bozeman.
The firefighting organization is most appreciative of the continuous outpouring of support from the community.
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Millie Fire Morning Update 9/4

Millie Fire Update 

8:00 a.m. Sep 4, 2012 

 For Immediate Release                          

 Contact Us:

Email: mtmilliefire2012@gmail.com

Web: www.inciweb.org

Phone(877) 405-0033 7:00 am – 10:00 pm

               (877) 390-4323 7:00 am – 10:00 pm

 Firefighters Stay the Course on the Millie Fire

Bozeman, MT – The Millie Fire, twenty miles south of Bozeman is 10,186 acres and remains 10 percent contained.  Extremely rough terrain makes progress slow, but firefighters are steadily and incrementally building containment line and corralling spot fires.

Fire personnel will deepen mop up on the southwest side today, reinforcing the existing containment line. On the northwest flank firefighters expect to complete containment line from the Blanchard Ranch area to the northern most point of the fire near the headwaters of Big Bear Creek. 

On the north side of the fire, crews will be suppressing any spot fires encountered, as well as continuing mop up.  Scouting for containment line location, and mop up will continue on the south side.  Scouting for line location on Hyalite Canyon continues, and dozers are staged in Cottonwood Canyon for deployment if necessary.

A structural protection plan is complete for the Cottonwood area, and additional assessment continues.

Helicopters will be dropping water to slow fire progression throughout the day.

Crews camping on the north end of the fire are alert for the presence of large predators.  One of the safety Officers saw several wolves yesterday.

Drift smoke from Idaho fires will be heavy until mid-morning, reducing visibility.  Smoke from the Millie Fire will be visible as the day heats up.

Today there are 12 crews, 21 engines, four helicopters, nine dozers and three water tenders working on the fire.  A total of 510 personnel are assigned to the incident, including crews from seventeen states from Alaska to Florida.  

Another Fire Information Meeting will be held tonight at 6:00p.m. at Hope Lutheran Church, 2152 W. Graf St., in Bozeman.

The firefighting organization is most appreciative of the continuous outpouring of support from the community.

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Millie Fire Update 9/3 AM

Millie Fire Update 
0900 Sep 3, 2012 
For Immediate Release                          
Contact Us:
Email: mtmilliefire2012@gmail.com
Phone:  (877) 405-0033 7:00 am – 10:00 pm
Weather Forecast Indicates Opportunity for More Progress Today
Bozeman, MT – The Millie Fire, twenty miles south of Bozeman, is now 10 percent contained, at 10,186 acres.
A more stable atmosphere combined with cooler temperature and less wind is predicted today.  Relative humidity will be lower, however, creating potential for more active behavior.  Fire in most areas will be creeping and smoldering, with low flame lengths.  Some single and group tree torching may be observed on south and west aspects as the day warms up.
On the west flank, the south side, and the northern edge construction of containment line continues. Crews continue chipping along the road in Hyalite Canyon to remove fuel.  Structure protection work in South Cottonwood Canyon, Hyalite Canyon and the Blanchard area will continue.
Residents and visitors to the area have been expressing support to the fire crews for all their hard work. Additional crews and equipment continue to arrive.  Among these are two Type 2 crews from Pennsylvania, which arrived yesterday.
Three helicopters are assigned to the incident, and one more is expected to arrive today. Water drops will be made on the headwaters of South Cottonwood Creek, and other areas as necessary.
As of Sunday night there were 2 Type 1 hand crews, 7 Type 2 hand crews, 21 engines, eight dozers and a total of 412 people assigned to this fire.
Another Fire Information Meeting will be held at 6:00p.m. this evening at Hope Lutheran Church, 2152 W. Graf St., in Bozeman.
The public is reminded that fire traffic on roads in the area, combined with returning holiday traffic will make driving especially hazardous.  Please use caution when driving.
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