Rock Creek Fire Evening Update August 24, 2013
Incident: Rock Creek Fire Wildfire
Rock Creek Fire
Beartooth Ranger District
August 24, 2013 7:00 p.m.
Information Officers: Katie Knotek, Tom Rhode, Claire Pitner
Fire Information Line: (406) 446-1041 with answering machine
Office hours: 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Incident: The Rock Creek Fire started on August 20, 2013, at 2:30 p.m. of unknown origin and is under investigation.
Location: 5 miles southwest of Red Lodge, along U.S. Highway 212.
Agency Jurisdiction: USDA Forest Service, Custer and Gallatin National Forest
Cooperating Agencies: Red Lodge Fire Rescue, Carbon County Sheriff’s Office, Carbon County DES.
Incident Management: Under unified command, Shawn Pearson’s Northern Rockies Type 2 Incident Management Team (IMT) with Red Lodge Fire Rescue. The Incident Command Post (ICP) is located at the Carbon County Fairgrounds in Red Lodge, MT.
Current Size: 900 acres
Containment: 25% Structures Threatened: 545
EVENING UPDATE: Fire behavior today was mild due to cloud cover in the morning. Warmer temperatures in the afternoon brought smoldering and torching within the fire’s perimeter. Firefighter progress included hand and dozer line construction and structure protection. Crews reinforced hand line along the south flank of the fire. Bucket drops focused on extinguishing hot spots along the northwest flank of the fire. Crews continued hand line construction behind homes in the West Fork of Rock Creek as a contingency action. The speed limit along Highway 212 remains 35 mph, and people traveling this route should be conscientious of increased weekend traffic along this route.
For further information, visit: www.inciweb.org; Select “Rock Creek Fire” in Montana.