Eureka Fire Morning Update, 8/19
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 19, 2013 8 a.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: 5,466 acres Containment: 15%
Resources: Hand Crews: (3) Type I crews, (1) Type 2 crew Engines: 16 Total personnel: 243
Heavy Equipment: 1 Dozer, 4 Skidgens, 4 Water Tenders Air Support: (4) helicopters
Cost to Date: $1,300,000 Injuries: None
Fire Update: Fire activity increased yesterday in response to warming and drying and winds. Spotting of ½ to 1 mile occurred. Overnight, activity decreased. Last night’s infrared flight showed areas of intense heat in the large spot to the north of the main fire. This area burned actively yesterday and produced most of the smoke seen from the valley.
The next couple of day’s weather will test firefighter’s efforts. Today conditions will have temperatures in the low 80s and humidity in the teens. West winds will increase in the afternoon to 10 to 20 mph with possible gusts of 30. Tuesday’s temperature and humidity will be similar, but winds will increase slightly to 15 to 25 mph in the afternoon with gusts to 35. By Wednesday, winds will come more from the southwest at 10 to 15 mph as monsoonal conditions from the south arrive. This will decrease temperatures with a slight chance of thunderstorms. By Friday a significant weather change will arrive with stronger southwest winds and a higher chance for thunderstorms.
Today’s operations will focus on monitoring the perimeter on the south and east flanks and responding to any spotting outside of the main fire to keep the fire west of the Gravelly Divide. Grass in the meadows is drying and is becoming more susceptible to fire starts. Firefighters will “mop up where safe” to reduce hot spots within the perimeter to prevent escape. Sprinklers remain in place to provide protection of important whitebark pine stands. Structure protection will continue at the Sheep Camp. Crews will work on the spots north of the fire and try to catch it on the ridge above the East Fork of the Ruby River. This may include burnout on the west flank.
The Incident Command Post is located at the Lyons Bridge approximately 33 miles South of Ennis on highway 287. The assigned crews and equipment are being supported from this location. The actual camp for the crews is located near the Eureka Basin to be close to the fire.
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.