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Miner Paradise Complex grows to over 8,000 acres in SW Montana

Published On: Dec 24 2013 01:42:16 AM MST
Updated On: Aug 20 2013 10:13:33 PM MDT
BOZEMAN, Mont. -

The following information is the evening update on the Miner Paradise Complex from Inciweb:

Sheep Fire in Tom Miner Basin, North Eightmile and Horsetail Fires along Gallatin Crest, Emigrant Fire – 8 miles south of Emigrant

Emigrant Fire: Currently only has one evacuation to the south.

No evacuations are in place along the north boundary or in the Chico area. Additional Closures will be in effect for Tom Miner and Emigrant Fires. Closure maps on Inciweb.

Combined Current Size: Approximately 8,112 acres, 4 fires Containment: 5%

Sheep Fire: Approximately 499 acres, North Eightmile Fire: Approximately 271 acres,

Horsetail Fire: Approximately 134 acres, Emigrant Fire: Approximately 7,208 acres.

Resources Assigned: The Miner Paradise Complex includes: Emigrant, North Eightmile, Horsetail, and Sheep Fires. Additional resources have been requested. Total personnel: 319

FIRE NAME: Sheep Fire

DATE OF DETECTION: August 12, 2013

CAUSE: Lightning

CURRENT SIZE: approximately 499 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: 2 20 person crews, 8 engines, 1 Skidsteer, 1 Tender

TUESDAY’S ACTIVITY: Fire is burned up to rock ridge on northern boundary. Fire crews continued to build more direct handline to hold the fire out of Horse Creek. East flank spotting is being held with bucket drops. Firefighters firmed up a contingency line from Division A to Division Z along the northern section of the fire and heavy air support was utilized to drop water on the fire. Fuel break with a dozer line wrapping around to the north and west to protect private lands and DNRC lands. Roll outs are causing some small fires along northeast perimeter.

WEDNESDAY’S PLANNED ACTIVITY: Fire personnel will continue to use heavy equipment and crews will construct direct and indirect handline and mechanized line north along Horse Creek. This will wrap the west boundary of the fire to protect private landowner and DNRC lands. Check lines will be implemented in Division Z

CLOSURES & OTHER INFORMATION: Tom Miner Basin Closure: on Tuesday a Closure Order in the Tom Miner Basin will be implemented on National Forest System Lands affected by the Sheep Fire along the southern portion of the Tom Miner Basin which will include the Tom Miner Campground. Map will be made available on Inciweb.

FIRE NAME: North Eightmile Fire

DATE OF DETECTION: August 16, 2013

CAUSE: Lightning

CURRENT SIZE: approximately 271 acres

NORTH EIGHTMILE CONTINUED:

CONTAINMENT: 0%

LOCATION: North Fork Eightmile Creek, approximately 20 miles southwest of Livingston

AGENCY: Gallatin National Forest

PERSONNEL AND RESOURCES ON THE FIRE: 8 firefighters, 1 helicopter

TUESDAY’S ACTIVITY: Fire behavior moved south and east today. Retardant was dropped along the north and western flank of the fire in the morning and afternoon to aid firefighters in successfully holding the fire along the Gallatin Crest and out of the Bozeman Creek drainage. The 2001 Fridley Fire significantly slowed fire spread along the southeast boundary.

WEDNESDAY’S PLANNED ACTIVITY: Firefighters will assess holding the ridge line along the north edge of the fire to keep the fire from moving into the Bozeman Creek drainage. A 20 person handcrew will fly in this a.m. and establish a spike camp to aid in fire suppression efforts on the north and western flanks of the fire. Additional fire personnel will continue to scout and access areas for direct suppression tactics further east utilizing the Fridley Fire Burn Scar where possible. Fire fighters will continue to establish and secure a fire line along the north edge of this fire.

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 7,208 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 helicopters, 5 engines

TUESDAY’S ACTIVITY: Fire actively moved south and east enlarging the total size. Heavy afternoon winds created a prominent plume with significant fire growth throughout the afternoon and evening. Much of the fire burned towards the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness and further up the Sixmile drainage along with Little and Big Pine Creeks. Retardant was used to hold the fire line on the west flank.

WEDNESDAY’S PLANNED ACTIVITY: Wednesday firefighters will continue to utilize a heavy equipment keeping the fire from moving south towards private land. Crews will continue anchoring direct and indirect lines along the north flank and clearing out fuels for suppression actions. Crew will monitor lands north of the fire perimeter for spotting activity.

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.

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 Trial (#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 134 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 helicopter (shared with North Eightmile Fire) and3 firefighters

TUESDAY’S ACTIVITY: Rolling out of burning material was more significant on the west side, especially in dead and down material. Firefighters assessed opportunities to control fire spread in Flanders Creek drainage using indirect fire line.

WEDNESDAY’S PLANNED ACTIVITY: Fire personnel will construct indirect handline below the sheer cliffs and rock band in Flanders Creek Drainage and continue to determine suppression tactics to keep the fire from establishing in Flanders Creek drainage and moving north.

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.

FIRE WEATHER: On Tuesday, temperatures are expected to be much like Monday with high temperatures into the 80s and 90s with relative humidity to drop to around 14-20%. Winds will be out of the west with gusts from 10 to 20 miles per hour. Dry thunderstorms are predicted for Tuesday afternoon, and will become a mix of wet and dry Tuesday night through Wednesday. Fire activity is expected to increase around 11:00 a.m. as temperatures begin to increase.

Cooperating Agencies: Custer and Gallatin National Forests, Park County DES and Sheriff’s Department, Gallatin Co DES and Sheriff’s Department, Paradise Valley Rural Fire, MT DNRC.

For further information, go to: http://www.inciweb.org

Each of the fires are currently listed under the Miner Paradise Complex.