Eureka Fire Evening Update 8-17-13
Incident: Eureka Wildfire
Beaverhead Deerlodge National Forest
Northern Rockies Type II Incident Management Team
Daily Fact Sheet
Fire Information: (406) 682-4820 Note this new number change! August 17, 2013 7 p.m.
Office hours: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Incident: Wildland fire, lightning-caused, reported on July 25, 2013
Location: 38 air miles south of Ennis, Montana
Incident Commander: Tom Heintz
Approximate Size: 4,000 acres reported at 6:00 pm August 17 Containment: 10%
Resources: Hand Crews: (3) Type I crews , (1) Type 2 crew Engines: 19 Total personnel: 243
Heavy Equipment: 1 Dozer, 1 Skidgen, 2 Water Tenders Air Support: (4) helicopters
Cost to Date: $1,000,000 Injuries: None
Fire Update: The fire was not burning as actively today. This fire has been very reactive to weather conditions and today’s weather was not as prone for large fire growth. Temperatures over the fire area were down about 6 degrees from yesterday. Winds were as high at times as they have been, but the spotting distance was reduced to ¼ mile. This is down considerably from yesterday. The probability of ignition was also lower today at 85-90%.
An infrared flight has been ordered for tonight to show fire managers where the areas of intense heat or scattered heat are found. This also helps in the detection of any spot fires outside the fire perimeter. This gives guidance in determining where to focus the suppression resources on tomorrow’s operations. Prior fire spread has been mainly to the North, but it did grow moderately to the West this afternoon. The Southern edge of the fire remains on the North side of Fox Creek. Structure protection continues on the Rebish sheep headquarters.
The Eureka Fire continues to show the characteristic of burning in the timbered pockets of Whitebark pine, intermixed with Subalpine Fir. The lighter fuels are not carrying fire and the grassy areas remain fairly green for this time of year. This is not the same fuels condition that is found at elevations as little as 1,000 feet lower where the grass is showing the drying cure. Holding the fire at the higher elevations it is at will be helpful in the suppression efforts.
Warm, dry and unstable conditions are forecast to continue for the area through Saturday night. Humidity is expected to increase during this time, however poor overnight recoveries will be the norm. Southwest winds with gusts to 15 mph will develop in the afternoon and evening. The chance for a wetting rain is “0” although there is beginning to be some forecasts indicating the chance of showers.
Additional resources did arrive today, but some resources that had been ordered were re-directed to fires with higher national priority.
The public meeting held at 1:00 pm this afternoon at the West Fork Camp was attended by approximately 100 residents and visitors to the area.
Closures: An area closure is in place in the vicinity of the Eureka Fire. The area near the Eureka Fire will be closed for the Protection of Public Health and Safety. This includes all roads and trails within the area closure. The closure essentially covers all access routes to and or through the Eureka Basin Fire area. A detailed description of the closure order is available on http://www.inciweb.org/incident/article/3637/20315/
Special Concerns: New fire starts! Please be careful with all fire.
Attention Media: For visits to the fire area, call the information staff at (406) 682-4820.
More Information: Visit Inciweb at inciweb.nwcg.gov, select Eureka, or call (406) 682-4820.