The following is a press release from Gallatin County:
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.