Fire Update, May 16 at 3 PM
Incident: Sweats Complex Wildfire
FIRE INFORMATION FACT SHEET
Date: May 16, 2013 Time: 3:00 pm
Information Officer: Kathy Bushnell, 406-422-7164
Incident: Sweats Complex
Detected/Reported: May 15, 2013 at about 12:30 pm
Approximate Size: 430 acres
Cause: Human-caused, under investigation
Location: Near York along Nelson Road
As fire crews from multiple agencies continue to work, they report fire behavior on the Sweats Fire and the Hunter Gulch Fire is creeping and smoldering. The Helicopters continue to put water on hot areas to support the ground work. Today and tomorrow additional crews continue to arrive to help with operations on the Complex.
Sweats Complex Fires:
- Fire #1: Hunters Gulch at 100+ acres and the fire is 60% contained as of Thursday afternoon.
- Fire #2: Sweats Gulch at about 300 acres.
- Fire #3: [Unnamed] one acre fire; contained and controlled.
- Fire #4: Kelly Gulch includes five small fires with a total acreage of 5 acres. The fires are lined and contained today.
- Fire #5: Cottontail Fire: about 2 acres is 90% contained and crews are mopping up.
The fires within the Sweats Complex received some rain overnight, which may help crews as they continue suppression efforts today. Crews will work to contain and mop-up the smaller fires today; as well as continue direct attack, where it’s safe, on the two larger fires within the Complex. Firefighters will have helicopters assisting with water-bucket drops again today.
Today’s weather forecast is for slightly cooler temperatures in the mid-to-high 60s with scattered showers early and the possibility for thunderstorms later today. Relative humidity levels at about 30-40% and northeast winds up to 10 mph. There is a 40% chance that the fires will receive wetting rain later today.
No structures are threatened at this time; and Nelson Road remains closed with an exception to local residents. Smoke will remain visible for the next several days.
More information: visit Inciweb at www.inciweb.org or call Kathy Bushnell at 406-422-7164. Any questions regarding the ongoing investigation on the cause of the fires, contact the Lewis & Clark County Sheriff’s office.