Ash Creek Fire Update, 7/2/12 at 9:30 PM
Incident: Ash Creek Complex Wildfire
DAILY INFORMATION FACT SHEET
Date: July 2, 2012 Time: 9:30 p.m.
Incident: Ash Creek Complex is made up of the Ash Creek fire and the Coal Seam fire.
Incident Commander: Tom Heintz, Northern Rockies Type-II Incident Management Team
Incident Information telephone number: 406-748-3061
Location: Ash Creek Fire began 10 miles east of Lame Deer and spread north and east; Coal Seam is about 6 miles north of Busby.
Approximate Size: Ash Creek Fire: 186,800 acres at 55% containment; Coal Seam Fire: 527 acres with 95% containment.
Resources: Hand Crews: (5) Type I Hot Shot Fire Crews; (14) Type II Initial Attack fire crews; (3) Type II crews from local BIA; Engines: 46; Water Tenders: 8; Dozers: 6; Air Support: (5) Helicopters, (1) Air tanker, (2) Air attack
Total personnel: 679. Injuries: None
Fire Update: The Ash Creek fire made a major run yesterday evening and last night during the passage of a cold front that was being pushed by 35-45 mph winds, which lasted for nearly eight hours. The weather, combined with dry fuel, created very active fire behavior with major crown fires and long-range spotting. This movement expanded the fire about seven miles to the east and eight miles to the south. The fire is currently south of Highway 212 about a mile south of the North Fork of Threemile Creek, a mile west of Sonnette Road; on the north side of Highway 212 the fire is up to Elk Ridge, about a mile south of Stacey School.
Fire crews continued to mop-up and patrol the north, west and southwest flanks of the fire; however a majority of the suppression activity remains on the east, northeast and southeast portions of the fire. Crews, with assistance from local resources, also continue to provide structure protection when necessary. Air support assisted firefighters throughout the day. Night operations will continue structure protection efforts and constructing indirect/direct fireline, as is safe to do so.
Tonight's weather is for temperatures to be low-to-mid 60s with east winds 5-15 mph. There is a Red Flag Warning for the fire area tomorrow with temperatures up in the low 100s, relative humidity levels between 5-15% and southerly winds at 10-20 mph are forecasted.
Special Concerns & Closures: Ranches and residences remain threatened particularly in the Ashland/Broadus Divide near the leading edge of this fire. Highway 212 between Ashland and Broadus remains closed to fire activity and smoke. Please respect the fire restrictions in place by the Northern Cheyenne Tribe and local Counties by ceasing fireworks and open fire use of any kind.
The Ashland Ranger District of the Custer National Forest is under Stage 2 Fire Restrictions and has initiated area closures due to fire activity on all National Forest System lands north of Highway 212. More detailed explanation of the restrictions and closures is available at the Custer National Forest website www.fs.usda.gov/custer.