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Miners Paradise Complex fires over 800 acres

By Associated Press
Published On: Aug 19 2013 01:11:34 PM MDT
EIGHT MILE FIRE
BOZEMAN, Mont. -

The Miners Paradise Complex fires which include the Sheep, Emigrant, Eightmile and Horsetail fires are being managed as one fire.

The following is a press release from Inciweb.

Cause:  Lightning                                                       
Location:  Sheep Fire in Tom Miner Basin, North Eightmile and Horsetail Fires along Gallatin Crest, Emigrant Fire – 8 miles south of Emigrant
 
A Public Meeting will be held in the Tom Miner Area for the Sheep Fire and will include information as needed for Emigrant and North Eightmile and Horsetail Fires.  The Public Meeting will be held at B Bar Ranch at 7:30 p.m.  A closure will occur on the Southern end of the Tom Miner Basin and Tom Miner campground.  Map will be posted on inciweb.
 
Current Size:  Approximately 847 combined, 4 fires                                               Containment:  5%
Sheep Fire: Approximately 300 acres, North Eightmile Fire: Approximately 120 acres, Horsetail Fire:  Approximately 15-18 acres, Emigrant Fire:  Approximately 625 acres.  New fire perimeter growth occurred on Sunday and more accurate mapping and acreage should be available this evening.  
 
Resources Assigned:  A Type 2 Incident Management Team took command of the Miner Paradise Complex on Sunday at 6:00 a.m.  The Miner Paradise Complex includes:  Emigrant, North Eightmile, Horsetail, and Sheep Fires. On Sunday the four fires in the Miner Paradise Complex were active and a prominent smoke plume was visible from Bozeman and the Paradise Valley.  Incoming resources are ordered and will be incoming as requests are filled.  Total personnel:  129
 
FIRE NAME:  Sheep Fire
 
DATE OF DETECTION:  August 12, 2013
CAUSE:  Lightning
CURRENT SIZE:  approximately 300 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, 8 engines, 1 Skidgen, 1 Tender
SUNDAY’S ACTIVITY:   Windy conditions pushed the Sheep Fire into the Horse Creek drainage on Sunday to about midslope.  A 20-person crew created a fuel break along the road in the horse creek drainage and will continue to build direct and indirect handline along horse creek and wrapping around to the north and west to protect private lands and DNRC lands.  Mechanical line will be utilized when possible.  Throughout the day on Sunday, firefighters used heavy air support to drop water on the fire as the Sheep Fire continued backing down into horse creek drainage.  
                  
MONDAY’S PLANNED ACTIVITY:  Fire personnel 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.
 
CLOSURES & OTHER INFORMATION:  Tom Miner Basin Closure: on Monday 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 120 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
SUNDAY’S ACTIVITY:   The North Eightmile Fire burned actively on Sunday with a large smoke column visible.  Smokejumpers were successful in keeping the fire out Bozeman Creek drainage.  The fire started to burn towards the 2001 Fridley Fire also slowing down the fire spread.
 
MONDAY’S PLANNED ACTIVITY:  Firefighters will assess whether to use retardant on the ridge line along the north edge of the fire to keep the fire from moving into the Bozeman Creek drainage and further north or west.  Fire personnel will continue to scout and access areas for direct suppression tactics and spike camps further east utilizing the Fridley Fire Burn Scar where possible.
 
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 625 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: 1 helicopter, 2 engines, and overhead for a total of 20 personnel.
 
SUNDAY’S ACTIVITY:  Firefighters conducted burning operations along the 6-Mile Road until midnight on Sunday to secure the fire’s perimeter as it actively back downslope and utilize contingency lines.  The Emigrant Peak rock ridge was utilized as an anchor point.  The burning operations were successfully held and no spot fires occurred.  Two engines patrolled the area overnight.
 
MONDAY’S PLANNED ACTIVITY:  Monday firefighters will continue to hold and mop-up the burn operations successfully carried out on Sunday night.  Fire personnel will also access the need for additional contingency direct and indirect line construction.  
 
CLOSURES & OTHER INFORMATION:  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 15 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) and
3 firefighters
SUNDAY’S ACTIVITY:   The Horsetail Fire was active most of Sunday with the fire burning actively late into the afternoon in steep, rugged terrain.  The progress of the fire hung up on the ridgeline reducing fire intensity.  The team looked for opportunities to safely insert crews and a spike camp but has decided against due to the inaccessibility of the fire caused by very rough and steep terrain and a knife ridge limited by a sheer rock band surrounding the perimeter.
 
MONDAY’S PLANNED ACTIVITY:  Fire personnel will be determining options in Flanders and East Fork drainages for successful holding opportunities using indirect handline.
 
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:  Temperatures are expected to be much like Sunday with high temperatures into the 70s at the higher elevations with relative humidity to drop to around 10-15%.  Winds will be out of the west with gusts from 10 to 20 miles per hour.  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.