Incident: Mill Creek Fire Wildfire
July 26, 2013 8:00 AM
Contact: Fire Information Officer: Cindy Super
Message Phone: 406-542-4321
Evacuation Hotline: 406-258-4636
Animal Evacuations: 406-541-7387
What: Wildland Fire
Location: Northeast ofMill Creek Road,Frenchtown,MT
Started: July 25, 2013 around 2:00 pm
Protection Agency: Montana Department of Natural Resources & Conservation (DNRC) Southwestern Land Office,Missoula Unit
Narrative: Firefighters from local departments and agencies will be on the fire today, providing structure protection and working on containment lines around the fire. The strategy is to keep the 720 acre fire from growing.
Evacuations on Mill Creek, Fred Land, Bunchgrass, andGrooms Roadare voluntary and residents who wish to return home are being allowed to do so. Please understand conditions may change rapidly.
Current Size: 720 acres
Personnel Assigned: 175
Resources on Fire: Fire engines from DNRC, Frenchtown, and private contractors; the Lolo Hot Shots, Mormon Lake Hot Shots, Lone Peak Hot Shots, and Grayback Type II Initial Attack Crew. Several pieces of heavy equipment are here or have been ordered (bulldozers, a pumper cat, and skidgines). Aviation resources are available from Missoula though it is not expected they will be needed today.
Special Concerns: SAFETY of firefighters and the public is a primary concern.Mill Creek Road,Fred Lane, and the section of Frenchtown frontage road between those is closed, except for emergency and residential traffic. Please observe the reduced speed limit along I-90 and do not pull off roads into dry grass.
Cause: Human, under investigation.
Prevention Message: It’s HOT and DRY! Even pulling of the road to watch the fire could ignite tinder-dry grasses under your vehicle! Reminder thatMissoulaCounty entered Very High fire danger this week. The public is reminded to be extremely cautious with all sources of ignition.