Rock Creek Fire Evening Update - August 25
Incident: Rock Creek Fire Wildfire
Rock Creek Fire
Beartooth Ranger District
August 25, 2013 7:30 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 increased slightly compared to yesterday. Sustained winds of 13 miles per hour with gusts up to 23 miles per hour beginning in the early afternoon caused scattered areas of intense heat along the north and northwest flanks of the fire and isolated interior torching. These areas were kept in check by helicopter bucket drops. Cooler portions of the fire continued to smolder and creep. Crews continued reinforcing hand line along the southwest and northwest flanks of the fire. Crews also connected hand line to the dozer line behind homes in the West Fork of Rock Creek as a contingency action. The speed limit along Highway 212 remains 35 mph.
For further information, visit: www.inciweb.org; Select “Rock Creek Fire” in Montana.