BOZEMAN, Mont. -

The following is a news release from the U.S. Forest Service.

As of August 22, Park County has implemented a burn ban for all outdoor burning.

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 11,334 acres, 4 fires       Containment: 5%
Sheep Fire: Approximately 570 acres, North Eightmile Fire: Approximately 414 acres, Horsetail Fire:  Approximately 143 acres, Emigrant Fire: Approximately 10,207 acres.

Resources Assigned: 2 Hotshot crews enroute, 5 twenty person crews, 4 helicopters, 25 engines, 3 dozers. Total personnel:  440

FIRE NAME:  Emigrant Fire

DATE OF DETECTION:  July 21, 2013
CAUSE:  Lightning
CURRENT SIZE:  approximately 10,207 acres
CONTAINMENT:  3%
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 I IA crews, 2 Type 2 IA crews, 15 engines, 1 dozer

THURSDAY’S ACTIVITY:  Firefighters worked to create direct handline on the northwest perimeter of the fire. Helicopter drops and retardant aided firefighters to create direct and indirect line on the west perimeter of the fire. Crews continued to mop-up in the Sixmile Creek Road. Structure assessment plans were initiated in Cedar Creek surrounding the historic OTO ranch along with areas north/northeast of the fire in Mill Creek vicinity.

FRIDAY’S PLANNED ACTIVITY: Today crews will continue constructing direct fire line on the northwest perimeter. Firefighters will continue to assess future opportunities for control lines in Emigrant Creek and assess the structure protection plan for the OTO ranch.  Community Protection Assessments will be analyzed for Cedar Creek and Slip and Slide areas working with the Park County Sherriff’s Department.  Helicopters will be utilized for bucket work as needed and personnel will continue to locate and assess medivac sites.  Retardant air tankers will continue to be available and utilized.

CLOSURES & OTHER INFORMATION:  The Emigrant Fire Closure includes National Forest System lands along the western boundary, north to Natioanl 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:  7%
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, 6 engines, 1 dozer

THURSDAY’S ACTIVITY:  Dozer line was completed on the east perimeter of the fire. Firefighters constructed direct and indirect handline on the eastern side of the fire and tied into a rock outcropping on the south east portion of the fire. Aviation resources were used today to attack any hotspots occurring within islands of unburned vegetation. A contingency line was completed today west of the fire.

FRIDAY’S  PLANNED ACTIVITY: Today firefighters will begin mop-up from the northern division break working south and continue to build fireline and mop-up spot fires.  The crew will look to go direct and begin mop-up on the East perimeter of the fire and utilize retardant on the contingency line to the east of Horse Creek. On the western perimeter firefighters will improve existing control lines in preparation of possible burning operations and utilize retardant to keep the fire out of Sheep Creek. Medivac sites will continue to be located and assessed.

CLOSURES & OTHER INFORMATION:  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:  North Eightmile Fire

DATE OF DETECTION:  August 16, 2013
CAUSE:  Lightning
CURRENT SIZE:  approximately 413 acres            
CONTAINMENT:  5%                                            
LOCATION:  North Fork Eightmile Creek, approximately 20 miles southwest of Livingston
AGENCY:  Gallatin National Forest
PERSONNEL AND RESOURCES ON THE FIRE: 1 Type 2 crew
THURSDAY’S ACTIVITY:  Firefighters completed direct line west/northwest of the fire. Firefighters contained small slop-over’s that occurred over the ridge on the west/northwest side of the fire.

FRIDAY’S PLANNED ACTIVITY:  Today firefighters will continue to hold the fire along the Gallatin Crest working the ridgeline west/northwest of the fire to keep fire out of Bozeman Creek drainage.  The crew will mop up securing the fire’s perimeter along the Gallatin Ridge and holding it from dropping into the Bozeman Creek side and utilizing helicopters for bucket work as needed.

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

THURSDAY’S ACTIVITY:  Fire personnel worked on the northern perimeter and established indirect line in the Flanders Creek drainage to tie into natural barriers. A spike camp was established to support firefighters at the Chisholm Campground. 

FRIDAY’S PLANNED ACTIVITY:  Today firefighters will prep the East Fork of Hyalite for suppression action and scout opportunities for containment lines.  The crew will continue clearing brush and creating handline on roads and trails in the Flanders Creek and East Fork Drainages. Helicopters will be utilized for bucket work as needed and continue to locate and assess medivac sites.