Incident: Mill Creek Fire Wildfire
Mill Creek Fire
July 27, 2013 8:00 AM
Contact: Fire Information Officer: Forrest Merrill
Message Phone: 406-207-2338
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 continue to mop up around structures, remove snags, and work on hot spots today. Fire line is in place around the perimeter of the fire. Winds are predicted to increase this afternoon which will keep crews on the-look-out for flare ups. Objectives for the day include: firefighter and public safety; protect and secure all structures within the incident; hold fire at its current size and location; and aggressively suppress fire using safe and effective actions.
Current Size: 720 acres
Personnel Assigned: 156
Resources on Fire: Fire engines from DNRC, Frenchtown, East Missoula, and private contractors; the Lolo Hot Shots, Crow Agency Type II Crew, Lone Peak Hot Shots, Deer Lodge Prison Crew and Grayback Type II Crew. Several pieces of heavy equipment are also in place (bulldozers, a pumper cat, and skidgines).
Special Concerns: SAFETY of firefighters and the public is a primary concern. Weather forecast winds to increase this afternoon increasing fire danger to extremely high. Mill Creek Road, Fred Lane, Junegrass Road, Bunchgrass Road, and the Frenchtown frontage road north of Interstate 90 is closed, except for fire personnel, residential traffic, and emergencies.
Cause: Human, under investigation.
Prevention Message: It’s HOT and DRY! A red flag warning is in effect from noon to 9:00 pm today. This red flag warning is also known as fire weather warning, which means, high fire danger with increased probability of a quickly spreading vegetation fire in the area. The public is reminded to be extremely cautious with all sources of ignition: equipment, lawn mowers, chains dragging, campfires and cigarettes. Be sure campfires are never left unattended and are out completely and cool to the touch before leaving. It only takes one spark.