Copper City Fire Update
Incident: Copper City Fire Wildfire
COPPER CITY FIRE
FIRE INFORMATION FACT SHEET
Date: July 22, 2013
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Information Officer: Kathy Bushnell, 406-422-7164
Incident: Copper City Fire
Detected/Reported: July 21, 2013 at about 6 pm
Approximate Size: 150 acres
Cause: Under investigation
Location: T3N, R1E, NE/NW Section 35. Approximately 5 miles north/northeast of the I-90/Hwy 287 junction (Wheat Montana)
The Copper City Fire was reported on Sunday (7/21/13) evening at about 6 p.m. Multiple resources responded to the initial fire report including, Broadwater County, US Forest Service and DNRC. The fire is burning in grass and juniper on BLM land, but as authorized in an interagency fire protection agreement, the Forest Service will take the lead in fire suppression on this incident.
Currently, the Copper City Fire is about 150 acres and most actively burning on the east perimeter of the fire. Eight fire engines, several firefighters and a DNRC helicopter are currently assigned to the fire. Firefighters are working to establish a fireline around the perimeter to help slow fire spread; mop up hot spots; and utilize the helicopter for water bucket-drops on the east flank of the fire.
Today’s weather forecast is for hot temperatures in the mid-90s with light southwest winds between 5-10 mph. Relative humidity levels are anticipated to reach 9-16% later this afternoon.
No structures are threatened at this time. Smoke will be visible along portions of Highway 287, Interstate 90 and around the Three Forks area. Please be aware that fire engines and equipment will be in the area Three Forks/I90-Hwy287 junction, so please drive cautiously.
More information: visit Inciweb at www.inciweb.org or call Kathy Bushnell at 406-422-7164.