Eureka Fire Evening Update, August 25, 2013
Incident: Eureka Wildfire
Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest
Northern Rockies Type II Incident Management Team
Daily Fact Sheet
Fire Information: (406) 682-4820 Sunday, August 25, 2013 7:00 p.m.
Office hours: 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Incident: lightning-caused wildland fire, reported on August 12, 2013
Location: 38 air miles south of Ennis, Montana
Incident Commander: Tom Heintz
Approximate Size: 6,468 acres Containment: 40 percent
Resources: Hand Crews: two Type 1 crews, two Type 2 crews, two camp crews Total Personnel: 288
Engines: 21 Heavy Equipment: 1 dozer, 5 skidgines, 9 water tenders Air Support: 3 helicopters
Cost to Date: $4.2 million Injuries: None
Fire Update: Today, fire crews continued to make progress on the fire as they completed hand line on the northwest flank. Rehabilitation of previous fire suppression actions occurred on the south end and around West Fork Cabin. They removed unneeded hose and other equipment, and started draining the heli-well. About 0.1 to 0.20 inches of precipitation were recorded across the fire area from yesterday’s rain storms. A drier air mass moved in behind the storm today, but our minimum humidity was higher than it has been at 42%. Tonight, there is a slight chance of thunderstorms as more monsoonal moisture moves into the area. Tomorrow’s weather will be similar to today with drier conditions.
The operations on Monday will focus on improving and cooling the hand line. Several handheld infrared cameras will be used in helicopters around the fire’s edge to identify any remaining hotspots. This information and ground patrols will be used to assist in mopup around the fire. The heli-well will be removed, as will other excess supplies. Equipment and firefighters will be released from this fire assignment over the next several days as the new fire organization directed by the Madison Ranger District is put into place.
What is a skidgine The skidgine first arrived as a firefighting tool in Montana in the mid-1980s. It was developed by Felco Manufacturing, a Montana company. Variations have developed, but the basic machine is a rubber-tired vehicle that combines characteristics of a tree skidder and fire engine. A track-laying version also exists. It normally has a dozer blade on the front end and a pump-operated water tank and hose reel between the rear wheels. It is more mobile and has greater capability than a 4-wheel drive engine and causes less harm than conventional dozers, especially on steeper slopes. They have been a very useful tool on the Eureka fire.
Closures: For the protection of public health and safety, an area closure is in place in the vicinity of the Eureka Fire. All roads and trails within the closure area are closed to the public. The closure essentially covers all access routes to and through the Eureka Fire area. A detailed description of the closure order is available here: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/article/3637/20315/
Special Concerns: Wet roads present a safety concern for firefighters and the public alike. Traveling on wet roads also causes damage to many of these roads.
New fire starts. Please be careful with campfires and other activities in the area so firefighters can remain dedicated to finishing their suppression of the current fire.
More Information: For more up-to-date information, maps, and photos, visit www.inciweb.org and select Eureka from the incident drop-down menu, or call (406) 682-4820.