Miner Paradise Complex burning over 11,500 acres

GALLATIN COUNTY

POSTED: 9:40 AM Aug 27 2013
Miner-Paradise Complex 8-21
BOZEMAN, Mont. -

The following is a press release from the Northern Rockies Incident Management Team:

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.