Rock Creek Fire Morning Fact Sheet-August 31
Incident: Rock Creek Fire Wildfire
Rock Creek Fire
Beartooth Ranger District
August 31, 2013 7:30 a.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, MT 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: 950 acres
Containment: 80% Structures Threatened: 0
Status: The fire is burning in sage and timber in steep terrain. The fire is located 5 miles southwest of Red Lodge. Due to decreased fire activity, no structures are currently listed as threatened. The Beartooth Highway (U.S. Hwy 212) is open between Red Lodge and the Northeast Entrance to Yellowstone National Park, which includes access to Cooke City and Silver Gate. The community of Red Lodge is open for business and campgrounds in the local area remain open.
Yesterday’s Activities: A late afternoon thunderstorm produced strong winds of 40+ mph, hail and rain at the Incident Command Post, but no moisture was received on the fire. Crews gridded the western perimeter of the fire and found little smoke or fire activity. The remainder of the fire’s perimeter was unstaffed and in patrol status. An excavator began work to rehabilitate the dozer line in the West Fork Rock Creek. Three classes of students from Red Lodge High School visited the Incident Command Post to learn about incident meteorology, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and mapping, and fire behavior, from fire personnel.
Current Resources: Three 20-person crews, one engines, one helicopter, and one piece of heavy equipment. Total personnel: 205.
Today’s Activities: Today’s weather will be significantly cooler with temperatures in the high 60s and relative humidity in the 30% range. Operations will focus on continuing to look for any heat along the fire perimeter, removing equipment from the fireline using a helicopter, rehabilitating suppression actions, and supporting the local District with initial attack efforts.
Restrictions/Closures: A Custer National Forest area closure is in effect and includes closure of Silver Run Trail #102, Ingles Creek Trail #35, Beartrack Trail #8, and Silver Run Plateau Trail #60. A temporary flight restriction (TFR) is in effect surrounding the Rock Creek Fire area. Stage 1 fire restrictions are in place for the Beartooth Ranger District, except for the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness. Stage 2 fire restrictions are in place for Carbon County.
For further information, visit: www.inciweb.org; Select “Rock Creek Fire” in Montana.