EMIGRANT, Mont. - The following is a news release from the Gallatin National Forest:
PERSONNEL AND RESOURCES ON THE FIRE: 75 firefighters, 2 helicopters, 4 engines.
FIRE HISTORY: Thunderstorms that rolled through the area on Wednesday afternoon ignited a fire south of Emigrant Peak in the Paradise Valley south of Livingston, MT. The fire is located between Gold Prize Creek and the North Fork of Sixmile Creek. Firefighters responded to the fire at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, July 21st. The fire is burning in and adjacent to the fire scar from a fire in 1999, and in thick timber with a large amount of dead and down fuels.
YESTERDAY'S ACTIVITY: Cloud cover over the fire area limited fire activity and less smoke was seen coming from the fire. Firefighters on the ground reported that the fire continued to back down the mountain into the North Fork Sixmile Creek drainage. Helicopters dropped water in that area to slow the progress of the fire moving down farther. Firefighters were able to make progress clearing fuels near the road and trail in the Sixmile drainage bottom. They also continued work on an indirect containment line on the west flank of the fire. Engine personnel worked with the private landowner on removing fuels on National Forest land near the uninhabited cabin that lies approximately 1 mile within the Forest boundary.
TODAY'S WEATHER AND PLANNED ACTIVITY: Weather observations overnight showed that the relative humidity values rose to 56%. Today's forecast is calling for a better chance of thunderstorms over the fire area, with moderate temperatures and higher relative humidity values. Winds will be out the east to northeast at 5-10 mph, and winds near thunderstorms could be much stronger. Expected high will be 78 degrees and the minimum relative humidity should be near 28%. Two additional hotshot crews arrived to the fire yesterday, and will begin working today. Firefighters will continue to prepare indirect line in the North Fork Sixmile Creek drainage, and on the west and northwest flanks of the fire. The two helicopters will continue to support the ground operations with bucket drops in key areas. The helicopters will again be dipping out of the Yellowstone River. All people recreating on the river are urged to be cautious and stay clear of any helicopters. Firefighter and public safety are the top priority for this fire. The immediate threat of the fire reaching private property is not significant at this time; however it is anticipated that the fire will continue to burn for quite some time and the influences of weather can change conditions rapidly.
CLOSURES & OTHER INFORMATION: 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 Sixmile Creek Trail (#606) will be closed to their junction with Trail #601 north of Monitor Peak. Connector Trail #601 will remain open. Dailey Lake and most surrounding camping areas are open to recreationists. Emigrant Fire Incident Command Post is located on a bench approximately ¼ mile north of the lake and that area is the only portion closed to the public. Please be cautious of fire traffic on Dailey Lake Road. A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is in place over the fire area to ensure the safety of the aerial fire operations.
Homeowners in the Paradise Valley should always be prepared for unexpected events such as wildfire. To learn how to prepare your family and your property for emergency wildfire situations, call Greg Coleman with Park County at 222-4188, or go to <http://firesafemt.org/>.