Eureka Fire Fact Sheet 8-16-2013
Incident: Eureka Wildfire
Incident Management Team
DAILY INFORMATION FACT SHEET
Date: August 16, 2013 Time: 7:00 am
Incident: Eureka Wildland Fire Information Officer: Pat McKelvey
Information Phone: 406-459-8225 07:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Location: Eureka Fire is about 38 air miles South of Ennis, Montana
Approximate Size: 1,500 acres reported at 5:00 pm August 15 Containment: 0%
Incident Commander: Tom Heintz, Northern Rockies Type-II Incident Management Team
Hand Crews: (3) Type I crews Engines: 8 Heavy Equipment: 1 Dozer
Air Support: (2) helicopters; Total personnel: 94
Fire Update: A Northern Rockies Incident Management Team assumed management of the Eureka Fire at 06:00 am this morning. Tom Heintz is the Incident Commander. The potential for growth and continued spread of the fire toward the Northeast is recognized by the fire managers and is a real concern with the predicted weather for this area in the near future. The Eureka Fire is burning in pockets of White Bark Pine, intermixed with Subalpine Fir. Mortality in the timber is high and this fire is consuming the down, dead, woody material. This team is preparing a plan to address the possible fire behavior in the near term and in the longer future that could be the reality with this fire. Local authorities participated in a briefing last evening and are working with our Incident Management Team in the suppression effort.
Initial efforts are aimed at fire assessment, resource ordering, and supplementing the work already done by the Beaverhead –Deer Lodge National Forest and the local crews. The operational plan for today is to work on the north east side of the fire to maintain it South of Coal Cr and keep it from getting to Fossil Creek drainage. The fire is burning near the well-known US Forest Service West Fork Cabin. Efforts to protect the cabin were successful as of last night.
Winds today will be from the west at 10-20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph on ridgetops. Temperatures on the fire will increase to the high 80 degrees and humidity will drop to single digits by the afternoon. Increased winds could cause isolated and group tree torching and potential for more long range spotting. That brings the possibility for eastward fire expansion.
An information telephone line has not yet been established at the Incident Command Post. When that is available the number will be published.
Closures: Currently the Elk Lake to Hidden Lake road is closed. Trails number 6019 and 6035 to Hidden Lake are closed. The Gravelly Mountain Range Road is closed from its junction with the Ruby River Road to its junction with the Standard Creek Road.
Special Concerns: New fire starts!
Attention Media: For visits to the fire area, call the information staff at the temporary 406-459-8225 number
More Information: Visit Inciweb at www.inciweb.org, or call fire information 406-459-8225.