Emigrant Fire Update
Incident: Emigrant Fire Wildfire
FIRE NAME: Emigrant Fire
DATE OF DETECTION: July 21, 2013
CURRENT SIZE: 30 acres
LOCATION: South of Emigrant Peak, between Gold Prize and North Fork of Sixmile trails
AGENCY: Gallatin National Forest
PERSONNEL AND RESOURCES ON THE FIRE: 20 firefighters and 1 helicopter.
TODAY’S ACTIVITY: Thunderstorms that rolled through the area on Wednesday afternoon ignited a fire south of Emigrant Peak in the Paradise Valley south of Livingston. Firefighters responded to the fire at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, July 21, 2013. As of 2:30 Sunday afternoon, the fire was approximately 5 acres. At 4:30 p.m., fire activity began to increase significantly and the fire size increased to approximately 30 acres by 7:00 p.m. Four local Yellowstone Ranger District firefighters and 16 smokejumper are assigned to the fire. A helicopter from Yellowstone National Park is helping with bucket drops.The fire is burning in and adjacent to an old fire scar from the late 1990’s. The dead and downed fuels in the old burn scar and steep and rocky terrain are hampering firefighting efforts on the ground. Burning logs and other large fuels have been rolling out from the fire perimeter to unburned fuels below the fire.
PLANNED ACTIVITY: One 20-person Type 1 hotshot crew, 2 helicopters, and miscellaneous overhead personnel have been ordered and should arrive on the fire tomorrow. Limited access, very steep and rocky terrain, heavy fuels, rolling burning debris, and the warm, dry and windy weather are safety concerns for fighting this fire. Firefighters will be looking for safe opportunities to suppress this fire.
SPECIAL MESSAGES & OTHER INFORMATION: The road up Sixmile Creek from its junction with the Dailey Lake Road will be closed until further notice. The Gold Prize Trail (#61) and North Fork of Sixmile Creek Trail (#606) will be closed to their junction with Trail #601 north of Monitor Peak. Connector Trail #601 will remain open.