LOCATION: North Fork Eightmile Creek, approximately 20 miles southwest of Livingston

AGENCY: Gallatin National Forest

PERSONNEL AND RESOURCES ON THE FIRE: 8 firefighters, 1 helicopter

TUESDAY’S ACTIVITY: Fire behavior moved south and east today. Retardant was dropped along the north and western flank of the fire in the morning and afternoon to aid firefighters in successfully holding the fire along the Gallatin Crest and out of the Bozeman Creek drainage. The 2001 Fridley Fire significantly slowed fire spread along the southeast boundary.

WEDNESDAY’S PLANNED ACTIVITY: Firefighters will assess holding the ridge line along the north edge of the fire to keep the fire from moving into the Bozeman Creek drainage. A 20 person handcrew will fly in this a.m. and establish a spike camp to aid in fire suppression efforts on the north and western flanks of the fire. Additional fire personnel will continue to scout and access areas for direct suppression tactics further east utilizing the Fridley Fire Burn Scar where possible. Fire fighters will continue to establish and secure a fire line along the north edge of this fire.

CLOSURES & OTHER INFORMATION: AREA CLOSURE – East Fork Hyalite - East Fork of Hyalite closed including Palisade Falls Trailhead and picnic area, Emerald Lake Trailhead and Flanders Creek drainage. Closure map is available on Inciweb.

FIRE NAME: Emigrant Fire

DATE OF DETECTION: July 21, 2013

CAUSE: Lightning

CURRENT SIZE: approximately 7,208 acres

CONTAINMENT: 5%

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 helicopters, 5 engines

TUESDAY’S ACTIVITY: Fire actively moved south and east enlarging the total size. Heavy afternoon winds created a prominent plume with significant fire growth throughout the afternoon and evening. Much of the fire burned towards the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness and further up the Sixmile drainage along with Little and Big Pine Creeks. Retardant was used to hold the fire line on the west flank.

WEDNESDAY’S PLANNED ACTIVITY: Wednesday firefighters will continue to utilize a heavy equipment keeping the fire from moving south towards private land. Crews will continue anchoring direct and indirect lines along the north flank and clearing out fuels for suppression actions. Crew will monitor lands north of the fire perimeter for spotting activity.

CLOSURES & OTHER INFORMATION: The Emigrant Fire Closure will expand to include National Forest System lands along the western boundary, north to Chico area in section 13, 17 and 18, running along the east Chico Peak to Monitor Peak and south to the over 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 will be available on inciweb.

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 Trial (#61) and North Fork of Sixmile Creek Trail (#606) will be closed to their junction with Trail #601 north of Monitor Peak. Connector Trail #601 will remain open.

People traveling near the Emigrant Fire Helibase are urged to be cautious of fire personnel and the helicopter operating near Conlin Road.

FIRE NAME: Horsetail Fire

DATE OF DETECTION: August 11, 2013

CAUSE: Lightning

CURRENT SIZE: approximately 134 acres

HORSETAIL CONTINUED: