Emigrant Fire Update August 16th
Incident: Emigrant Fire Wildfire
Update: August 16, 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: Increased smoke was seen coming from the fire in the Gold Prize drainage yesterday as the fire reacted to the warm and dry weather.
THURSDAY’S PLANNED ACTIVITY: The helicopter will be assisting on the Sheep Fire in the Tom Miner area this morning. With the warm and dry weather continuing today, firefighters are expecting to see increased smoke in the Gold Prize drainage similar to yesterday. Fire personnel will continue to monitor and patrol the fire from the Sixmile Road.
A significant amount of drift smoke is moving into this area from Idaho and southwest Montana. For a detailed map showing where smoke is coming from, please go to http://www.ospo.noaa.gov/Products/land/hms.html.
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: A ridge of high pressure will be over the fire Friday through Saturday bringing warm and dry conditions. Temperatures will reach the lower to mid 80’s both days, and humidities will drop to the teens. Nighttime humidity recoveries will remain low and only climb to the upper 20’s to lower 30’s. A weak cold front will cross the fire overnight on Friday, but winds should remain moderate and influenced by the terrain.
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.