Emigrant Fire Morning Update July 26
Incident: Emigrant Fire Wildfire
Contact: Karen Tuscano, 406-223-2028, Mariah Leuschen, 406-548-1174
FIRE NAME: Emigrant Fire
DATE OF DETECTION: July 21, 2013
CURRENT SIZE: approximately 520 acres
LOCATION: South of Emigrant Peak, between Gold Prize Creek and North Fork Sixmile Creek
AGENCY: Gallatin National Forest
A public meeting has been scheduled for Saturday evening at 6:00 p.m.
at the Paradise Valley Fire Hall.
PERSONNEL AND RESOURCES ON THE FIRE: 3 Type 1 crews, 1 Type 2 crew, 2 helicopters, 4 engines and overhead for a total of 122 personnel.
YESTERDAY’S ACTIVITY: Cloud cover over the fire area limited fire activity and less smoke was seen coming from the fire on Thursday. Firefighters on the ground reported that the fire continued to back down the mountain into the North Fork Sixmile Creek drainage. Helicopters dropped water in that area to slow the progress of the fire moving downslope. Firefighters were able to make progress clearing fuels near the road and trail in the Sixmile drainage bottom. They also continued work on an indirect containment line on the west flank of the fire that will be continued into Friday morning. Engine personnel worked with a private landowner on removing fuels on National Forest land near an uninhabited cabin that lies approximately 1 mile within the Forest boundary.FRIDAY’S PLANNED ACTIVITY: Crews will continue with the indirect line construction on Friday morning, most of the contingency line west of the fire should be completed by mid-morning Friday. Crews along the northwestern flank will continue to carry indirect fire line along the ridgeline. Crews will also continue working in the North Fork Sixmile Creek drainage and along Sixmile Road. The two helicopters will be available to drop buckets of water on hot spots as directed by ground resources.
FIRE WEATHER: Continued dry weather and warmer temperatures will return on Friday as a high pressure ridge builds in the area. Relative humidity values could fall into the teens Friday afternoon. Daytime winds will mainly be upslope and upvalley.
CLOSURES & OTHER INFORMATION: Dailey Lake and most surrounding camping areas are open to recreationists through the weekend. Emigrant Fire Incident Command Post is located on a bench approximately ¼ mile north of the lake and that area is the only portion closed to the public at Dailey Lake Recreation area. Please be cautious of fire traffic on Dailey Lake Road.
The Forest Service portion of Sixmile Creek Road from its junction with the Dailey Lake Road will be closed until further notice.
The Sixmile Creek Trial (#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.
A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is in place over the fire area to ensure the safety of the aerial fire operations.