Wildfire burning in Hyalite drainage


BOZEMAN, Mont. - The following is a press release from the Custer Gallatin National Forests:

The Custer Gallatin National Forests currently has one lightning caused fire from the thunderstorm cells earlier this week. The Sleeping Giant Fire is located in the East Fork of Hyalite drainage near the 2013 Horsetail Fire and is estimated at 1/10 acre, located in steep, inaccessible terrain and skirted by a rockband. The fire is visible from both Hyalite Dam and the East Fork of Hyalite Trailhead. Due to the location of the fire, firefighters are not directly staffing the fire on the ground, but the fire will be closely monitored throughout the weekend to determine additional needs and if air resources are needed.

Fire Name: Sleeping Giant
Date Detected: July 11, 2014
Cause: Lightning
Location: E Fork Hyalite, (T4S, R6E Sec 25)
Current Size: 1/10 acre
Resources Assigned: Monitor status, steep inaccessible terrain skirted by rock band.

Current Status: Crews will be closely monitoring the fire throughout the weekend with fire staff. Currently there are no firefighters on the ground.

With the hot and dry temperatures throughout this past week, recreationists are reminded that we are coming into fire season throughout much of Montana and to be diligent with campfires.

Quick tips to avoid starting a wildfire:
-Never leave a campfire unattended, always put your campfire completely out using a shovel and water and ensuing embers are cool to the touch
-Inspect and maintain equipment. Ensure equipment has a sound, functional exhaust system or spark arrester;
-Avoid parking or driving in tall grass
-Make certain you have the necessary tools and water to suppress a fire: including a fire extinguisher, shovel, and water tank with pump and hose.

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