Update Sept. 17 3013:
Fire activity over the last several days has been minimal but the fire has continued to back down hillsides and the north edge of the fire has reached the Pawnee Creek drainage. While no signiifcant fire growth or fire behavior has ocurred the fire has continued to creep and smolder and produce smoke. There area also unburned pockets of fuel within the fire perimeter that continue to ignite and produce smoke with occasional flames. The fire is now 525 acres. Cooler temperatures and rain forecast for later today and tomorrow will contribute to less fire growth.
Update Sept 12 2013:
The fire became active again yesterday and backed down along the northeast perimeter but staying within the fire perimeter and on the west side of Rock Creek. Though gusty winds developed from the north and northeast late yesterday afternoon and evening the fire remains north of Cinnamon Bear Creek and west of Rock Creek Road.
Update Sept. 11 2013:
There was increased fire activity yesterday (Sept. 10) as temperatures increased and humidity lowered somewhat. The fire growth was limited to the northeast away from structures and Forest Service campgrounds and roads. The fire continues to move into more remote ares to the north and northeast when it does become active. Fire growth yesterday was approximately 30 acres bringing the fire to approximately 500 acres total. With increased temperatures today and later this week additional fire activity is expected and the fire will likely produce smoke visible from the Rock Creek Road to the east. Two Hot Shot crews remain assigned to the fire and handline is in place to the south and east of the fire.
Update Sept. 9 2013:
This fire continues to show minimal growth. Recent cooler temperatures higher humidity and moderate amounts of precipitation have all combined to stall fire growth. Predominant fire behavior continues to be creeping and smoldering ground fire. Two crews remain assigned and a handline is now well established on the southern portion of the fire perimeter. The fire remains at 470 acres. Aviation assets are available for suppression as needed if fire behavior increases.
Summary: The Harry’s Flat Fire is burning in grass and scattered timber in very steep terrain in the Welcome Creek Wilderness west of Harry’s Flat Campground in the Rock Creek drainage. Since September 2 the fire has steadily grown by backing down south-facing hillsides and is now 468 acres. Fire managers have established point zone protection locations that will trigger suppression actions to protect structures and property. The fire is growing toward remote areas to the north and west and away from structures and property.
Firefighters have conducted some burnouts and built handline on the southern and eastern flanks to keep fire growth north of Cinnamon Bear Creek and west of Rock Creek and have been supported by helicopter bucket drops as needed. The Missoula Ranger District has closed the Harry’s Flat Campground to the east of the fire for public safety. Some dispersed camping locations near the fire area along Rock Creek have also been closed.
Suppression Strategy: Handline and a Type 1 helicopter are being used as needed to check any fire activity to the south or east. Primary suppression strategy is to keep the fire west of Rock Creek drainage and north of Cinnamon Bear Creek. The predominant fire behavior is creeping and smoldering ground fire with occasional single and group tree torching.
Location: One quarter mile west of Harry’s Flat Campground in the Rock Creek drainage Welcome Creek Wilderness approximately 15 miles south of Interstate 90
Size: 510 acres
Containment: Point zone protection strategy with Management Action Points on fire perimeter.
Resources: Three crews one engine assigned; Type I helicopter available as needed
Cinnamon Bear Trail #93: closed for entire length from trailhead at Rock Creek Road to trail terminus at Road #2129.
Cinnamon Bear Point Trail #346: closed for entire length from its junction with Trail #93 to terminus at Cinnamon Bear Point
Harry’s Flat Campground: closed
Terrain: Very steep hillsides grass and scattered timber with rock scree
|Date of Origin||Sunday September 01st, 2013 approx. 12:00 AM|
Grass and scattered timber
Creeping and smoldering groundfire
Handline construction to south and east
Handline and a Type 1 helicopter are being used as needed to check any fire activity to the south or east. Primary suppression strategy is to keep the fire west of Rock Creek drainage and north of Cinnamon Bear Creek.