Incident: Gold Creek Wildfire
Start date: Identified July 15 Contact: Mariah Leuschen, Jack Conner and Heather Noel
Phone: 406-244-9068 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Location: 16 miles northeast of Missoula, MT.
Current Size: Approximately 170 acres Containment: 35%
Resources Assigned: 3 Type I handcrews, 2 Type II handcrew, 1 Wildland Fire Module, 2 Air Attacks, 4 Helicopters. Total personnel assigned is 241.
Closures: Gold Creek Area Closure – Gold Creek Trailhead and West Fork Gold Creek Trailhead will be closed. The area closure extends to all areas west of Gold Creek Road, north of Trail #52 (Primm Lake Trail) and east of the Main Rattlesnake Recreation Corridor. Trail #504 (Porcupine Ridge Trail) is closed. Trail #52 and trails south of the Rattlesnake vicinity are open. The closure also borders Trail #515 accessing the headwaters of Rattlesnake Creek, this trail is open. Closure map located on InciWeb.
Forest Road #126 will remain closed at Cow Creek Gate (approx. 7 miles in), the West Fork of Gold Creek Trailhead (Rd #4323) at the junction of Rd #4323 and Rd #2103 is currently closed. This is approx. 6 miles to West Fork of Gold Creek Trailhead.
Current Status: On Saturday firefighters mopped up the western flanks of the fire in Divisions A and O, with a medivac site built in Division E on the eastern flank of the fire. Good progress was made on divisions mopping up to secure the fires perimeter and 50 feet interior. Division B on the northwest corner of the fire was worked by 2 crews with the support of helicopters for water drops. Crews continue to complete saw line and establish a hose line on the fires eastern edge, along with gridding for hot spots in areas of unburned fuels.
Planned Actions: Sunday firefighters will focus on patrolling for spots and completing more mop up around the western flanks of the fire in Divisions A and O. Division B will continue to construct saw line, snag, and secure the fire edge with wet line around the northwest corner of the fire. On the eastern flank, Division E continues scouting for spot fires while snagging and laying hose along the remainder of the fire’s perimeter. Air support will supply more bucket drops as needed.
Weather: Sunday temperatures should reach into the low 80s with the relative humidity dropping to the mid-teens, possibly as low as 13% as high-pressure persists. Winds should be light in the valley bottoms 5-10 miles per hour reaching 10 mph at the ridge tops in the afternoon.
Cooperating Agencies: Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, Montana DNRC, Lolo National Forest.