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Miner Complex Fire approaches 11,500 acres

Published On: Aug 22 2013 11:05:39 AM MDT
Updated On: Aug 22 2013 11:06:17 AM MDT
Miner-Paradise Complex 8-21

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BOZEMAN, Mont. -

The following information is a press release from the Northern Rockies Incident Management Team.

UPCOMING CLOSURE:  Gate will be closed at East side of Hyalite Dam including Chisholm, and Hood Creek campgrounds and Palisades, Emerald Lake and Flanders Creek Trailheads will be closed.  Windowrock and Maxey Cabin are closed.  Blackmore Day Use Area will remain open.  This closure is due to the Horsetail Fire.  Map will be available on Inciweb when fully implemented.  Additional Trail closures will be implemented today for the Emigrant Fire including the North Fork of Bear Creek #60, Knox Lake #64 and #279 Monitor Peak Trail on the Gardiner and Yellowstone R.D.’s  
 
Cause:  Lightning                                                       
Location:  Sheep Fire in Tom Miner Basin, North Eightmile and Horsetail Fires along Gallatin Crest, Emigrant Fire – 8 miles south of Emigrant
 
Combined Current Size:  Approximately 11,333 acres, 4 fires       Containment:  5%
Sheep Fire: Approximately 570 acres, North Eightmile Fire: Approximately 413 acres,
Horsetail Fire:  Approximately 143 acres, Emigrant Fire: Approximately 10,207 acres.  
 
Resources Assigned:  The Miner Paradise Complex includes:  Emigrant, North Eightmile, Horsetail, and Sheep Fires. Additional resources have been requested.  Total personnel:  368
 
FIRE NAME:  Sheep Fire
 
DATE OF DETECTION:  August 12, 2013
CAUSE:  Lightning
CURRENT SIZE:  approximately 570 acres
CONTAINMENT:  0%
LOCATION:  Sawtooth Mountain in Tom Miner Basin, approximately 25 miles northwest of Gardiner
AGENCY:  Gallatin National Forest
PERSONNEL AND RESOURCES ON THE FIRE: 1 20 person crew, 7 engines
WEDNESDAY’S ACTIVITY:   Wednesday more indirect dozer line was pushed in along Horse Creek.   In Division Z, along the northwest perimeter, retardant and bucket work was used to extinguish a spot fire that occurred later in the evening.  All direct and indirect containment lines have been completed around the perimeter.  
                  
THURSDAY’S PLANNED ACTIVITY:  Today fire personnel will continue to use heavy equipment and crews will construct direct and indirect handline and dozer line working south from the Division A/Z break.  Along the eastern side of the fire, crews will anchor line into a rock band.  Aviation resources will be used today to attack any hotspots occurring within islands of unburned vegetation.
 
CLOSURES & OTHER INFORMATION:  Tom Miner Basin Closure: on Tuesday a Closure Order in the Tom Miner Basin was implemented on National Forest System Lands affected by the Sheep Fire along the southern portion of the Tom Miner Basin which includes the Tom Miner Campground.  Map is available on Inciweb.
 
FIRE NAME:  North Eightmile Fire
 
DATE OF DETECTION:  August 16, 2013
CAUSE:  Lightning
CURRENT SIZE:  approximately 413 acres            
CONTAINMENT:  0%                                            
LOCATION:  North Fork Eightmile Creek, approximately 20 miles southwest of Livingston
AGENCY:  Gallatin National Forest
PERSONNEL AND RESOURCES ON THE FIRE: 1 20 person crew
WEDNESDAY’S ACTIVITY:   Crews and aircraft attacked several spots along the north edge of the fire today keeping fire out of the Bozeman Creek watershed.  The 2001 Fridley Fire has continued to slow fire growth.  
 
THURSDAY’S PLANNED ACTIVITY:  Today firefighters will focus on the northern ridgeline to keep fire out of Bozeman Creek drainage and work the fire’s edge wrapping around to the east and west to tie in with the  2001 Fridley Fire burn scar.   
 
CLOSURES & OTHER INFORMATION:  AREA CLOSURE – East Fork Hyalite - East Fork of Hyalite closed including Palisade Falls Trailhead and picnic area, Emerald Lake Trailhead and Flanders Creek drainage.  Closure map is available on Inciweb.
 
FIRE NAME:  Emigrant Fire
 
DATE OF DETECTION:  July 21, 2013
CAUSE:  Lightning
CURRENT SIZE:  approximately 10,207 acres
CONTAINMENT:  5%
LOCATION:  South of Emigrant Peak, between Gold Prize Creek and North Fork Sixmile Creek
AGENCY:  Gallatin National Forest
PERSONNEL AND RESOURCES ON THE FIRE: 2 20 person crews, 10 engines, 2 dozers
 
WEDNESDAY’S ACTIVITY:  Most of the focus Wednesday was on the west flank of the fire keeping the fire from impacting private lands.  A 20-person crew worked on constructing an indirect fireline to the 6-Mile Road to impede any future fire movement to the valley floor.  The south flank of the fire was in patrol status.  Firefighters assessed the historic OTO structures and caretaker residence and continued implementing a sprinkler system.  Most fire activity occurred within the south east corner of the fire Wednesday where fire backed into the east rock face.  
 
THURSDAY’S PLANNED ACTIVITY:  On Thursday crews will build a direct handline on the west line and north perimeter.  Aviation will try to keep fire from progressing from heading west.  Fire personnel will continue to assess the structure protection plan for the OTO.  More dozer work will be completed on Division G on the northeast perimeter with some hose work. Also crews will mop-up along the Sixmile Creek Road.
 
CLOSURES & OTHER INFORMATION:  The Emigrant Fire Closure will expand to include National Forest System lands along the western boundary, north to Chico area in section 13, 17 and 18, running along the east Chico Peak to Monitor Peak and south to the over to Dome Mountain WMA.  The Monitor Peak Trail #61, Trail #62 to Knox and Fish Lakes along with Trail #33 bumping into Trail #60 to Monitor Peak from the South.  A full map will be available on inciweb.
 
Southern Expansion of Closure:  Additional Trail closures will be implemented today for the Emigrant Fire including the North Fork of Bear Creek #60, Knox Lake #64 and #279 Monitor Peak Connector Trail on the Gardiner and Yellowstone R.D.’s  
 
The Forest Service portion of Sixmile Creek Road from its junction with the Dailey Lake Road will be closed until further notice.  
The Sixmile Creek Trail (#61) and North Fork of Sixmile Creek Trail (#606) will be closed to their junction with Trail #601 north of Monitor Peak.  Connector Trail #601 will remain open.  
People traveling near the Emigrant Fire Helibase are urged to be cautious of fire personnel and the helicopter operating near Conlin Road.
 
FIRE NAME:  Horsetail Fire
 
DATE OF DETECTION:  August 11, 2013        
CAUSE:  Lightning
CURRENT SIZE:  approximately 143 acres                   
 
HORSETAIL CONTINUED:
CONTAINMENT:  0%
LOCATION:  ½ mile north of Horsetail Falls, east of Flanders Mountain
AGENCY:  Gallatin National Forest
PERSONNEL AND RESOURCES ON THE FIRE: 1 20 person crew
 
WEDNESDAY’S ACTIVITY:   On Wednesday an 8-person crew worked at improving direct and indirect line down to the Flanders Creek side of the fire on the northern perimeter of the fire.
 
THURSDAY’S PLANNED ACTIVITY:  Today fire personnel will focus on closing the door on the northern perimeter and establishing indirect line in the Flanders Creek drainage.  A spike camp will be established to support a 20-person crew at the Chisholm Campground.  
 
CLOSURES & OTHER INFORMATION:  AREA CLOSURE – East Fork Hyalite - East Fork of Hyalite closed including Palisade Falls Trailhead and picnic area, Emerald Lake Trailhead and Flanders Creek drainage.  
 
Expanded Closure Hyalite Closure:  Gate will be closed at East side of Hyalite Dam including Chisholm, and Hood Creek campgrounds and Palisades, Emerald Lake and Flanders Creek Trailheads will be closed.  Windowrock/Maxey Cabin is also closed.  Blackmore Day Use Area will remain open.  This closure is due to the Horsetail Fire.  Map will be available on Inciweb when fully implemented.  
 
FIRE WEATHER:  Today thunderstorms will continue to develop from the south with the potential for lightning.  Early daytime sun will create some convection causing early daytime temperatures into the low and mid 80s, relative humidity will stay in the 19-25% range.  Southeasterly gusty winds will get stronger as the day advances and erratic winds will be likely around thundercells.