Emigrant Fire Update August 10th
Incident: Emigrant Fire Wildfire
Update: August 10, 2013 @ 9:00 a.m.
Contact: Karen Tuscano 406-223-2028
FIRE NAME: Emigrant Fire
DATE OF DETECTION: July 21, 2013
CURRENT SIZE: approximately 625 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: 1 helicopter, 1 engine, 1 - 15 person hand crew and overhead for a total of 30 personnel.
YESTERDAY’S ACTIVITY: Yesterday morning’s recon flight over the fire showed only minimal smoke coming from within the southeast flank of the fire. A majority of the smoke was seen in the Gold Prize drainage as the fire continued to burn and consume the large dead and down fuels on the north facing slopes. The Emigrant Fire Helibase was moved to a bench off Conlin Road, approximately ½ mile from Dailey Lake Road.
SATURDAY’S PLANNED ACTIVITY: Saturday’s warmer and drier weather could increase fire activity on the Emigrant Fire. Fire personnel will be monitoring the fire from the Sixmile area.
Fire officials continue to receive detailed long and short term weather forecasts on a daily basis. A long term strategy is in place for the Emigrant Fire, and predetermined actions will be implemented when the weather conditions and fire behavior indicate the need.
FIRE WEATHER: Drier air will work into the fire area over the next few days with relative humidity values dropping toward 10% by Sunday and possibly single digits by Monday. Winds will be light and upslope in the afternoon, except near thunderstorms which are possible Saturday afternoon and evening. The predicted high for Saturday is 76 degrees with a minimum relative humidity of 18%.
CLOSURES & OTHER INFORMATION: 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.
People traveling near the Emigrant Fire Helibase are urged to be cautious of fire personnel and the helicopter operating near Conlin Road.
A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is in place over the fire area to ensure the safety of the aerial fire operations.