West Mullan Fire Evening Update, July 18
Incident: West Mullan Fire Wildfire
Incident Management Team
West Mullan Fire
DAILY INFORMATION FACT SHEET
Date: July 18, 2013 Time: 9:00 p.m.
Incident: West Mullan Fire Information Phone: 406-649-9032
(7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.)
Location: West Mullan Fire extends approximately 6 miles just north of Superior, Montana
Approximate Size: 4,150 acres Containment: 23%
Incident Commander: Tom Heintz
Resources: Hand Crews: (7) Type I crews; (9) Type II crews
Equipment: (25) Engines, (3) Dozers, (10) Water Tenders
Air Support: Helicopters (2) Type 1, (2) Type 2, (3) Type 3 Total Personnel:572
Estimated Cost to Date: $2,800,000
Firefighters were able to make significant progress today limiting further expansion of the fire. Crews cleaned-up the fire’s edge on the southeast flank and expanded the line on the western perimeter. The fire was allowed to burn down toward Flat Creek Road and Superior where preparations were in place to stop further spread. Engines and hoses were present around buildings to provide structure protection. Dozer and hand line was constructed on the western edge coming upslope from the Dry Creek area. Crews worked along Keystone Road in preparation for advance of the fire downslope from the ridge. Progress on the northern edge was limited because of firefighter safety concerns.
Tonight’s operations include structure protection, mopup of the line adjacent to Superior, monitoring fire activity in Flat Creek, and continued preparation activities along Keystone Road. Operations on Friday will be similar to todays. Additional Divisions are being added on the western flank as suppression actions begin to shift. Preparation activities along Keystone Road will continue and areas will be scouted to identify containment locations. A large firefighter presence will remain along the southeast corner in Superior to mopup, prevent spread across the line, and protect structures. Actions on the northern edge will be determined by suppression activity elsewhere on the fire.
Weather conditions will continue to get warmer and dryer into the weekend, with maximum temperature and lower humidity conditions expected by Sunday. Winds will be from the west and northwest primarily, but will be light.
The team’s focus for the near term is primarily to secure the western and eastern flanks of the fire to achieve containment and provide protection for the community.
Closures: The Clark Fork River has been closed to the public from Big Eddy Fishing Access site to Slowey Campground. The Big Eddy and Dry Creek Fishing Access sites are also closed. Vista Trail just north of Superior has been closed to public access.
Evacuations: A road block is in place on the bridge in Superior crossing the Clark Fork River restricting access to the north. Pardee Road, East Pardee Road, West Mullan Road, Flat Creek Road, East Mullan Road to Big Eddy Fishing Access site, LaVista Road, and Keystone Road are under mandatory evacuation. An emergency center has been established at the Superior Elementary School by the Red Cross.
Special Concerns: New fire starts! The public is asked to stay clear of the helicopter dip site for their safety. Residents are reminded that periods of heavy smoke may be a health hazard and are advised to limit their exposure. About 150 residences are threatened by the fire, but no structures have been damaged.
More Information: Visit Inciweb at www.inciweb.org, email email@example.com or call fire information 406-649-9032. A community meeting is scheduled for Friday evening at 8:00 p.m. at the Mineral County Courthouse in Superior.