Emigrant Fire Morning Update July 30th
Incident: Emigrant Fire Wildfire
MORNING FIRE UPDATE
Update: July 30, 2013 @ 9:00 a.m.
Contact: Karen Tuscano 406-223-2028, Clare Delaney 406-544-1084
FIRE NAME: Emigrant Fire
DATE OF DETECTION: July 21, 2013
CURRENT SIZE: approximately 611 acres
LOCATION: South of Emigrant Peak, between Gold Prize Creek and North Fork Sixmile Creek
AGENCY: Gallatin National Forest
PERSONNEL AND RESOURCES ON THE FIRE: 3 Type 1 crews, 1 Type 2 crew, 2 helicopters, 2 engines and overhead for a total of 122 personnel.
MONDAY’S ACTIVITY: Minimal fire activity such as creeping, backing and smoldering was observed on the fire with cloud cover for most of the day. Fire personnel were unable to initiate burning operations due to the high relative humidity. TUESDAY’S PLANNED ACTIVITY: Burning operations will not occur until possibly toward the end of this week due to cooler temperatures and expected rainfall. Demobilization of many resources will occur today and Wednesday. Limited presonnel will remain on the fire, with additional initial attack firefighters supplementing the local unit. Due to the forecasted weather, fire behavior is expected to be low. However, hazardous conditions for firefighters still exist including the extremely heavy dead and down fuels, steep terrain, rolling material from the fire, and snags. Today, the two helicopters will be doing water drops on the fire’s edge. Once burning conditions are anticipated, additional resources will return to the fire and will be able to utilize the prepared and constructed hand line.
FIRE WEATHER: More cloud cover and a chance of showers and thunderstorms are expected today after 10:00 a.m. as deeper moisture moves over the fire area. Humidity minimums will remain near 60% and winds should be light out of the west at 8-12 mph. Wednesday looks to be drier before another unsettled day on Thursday.
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 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.
A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is in place over the fire area to ensure the safety of the aerial fire operations.