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Weather helps firefighters on Eureka fire

Published On: Aug 23 2013 09:12:01 AM MDT
Eureka Fire 8-20

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The following is a news release from the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest.

Incident: lightning-caused wildland fire, reported on August 12, 2013
Location: 38 air miles south of Ennis, Montana
Incident Commander: Tom Heintz

Approximate Size: 6,152 acres

Containment: 25 percent

Resources:  Hand Crews: three Type 1 crews, two Type 2 crews, two camp crews   Total Personnel: 331 Engines: 26 Heavy Equipment: 1 dozer, 6 skidgines, 11 water tenders Air Support: 4 helicopters

Cost to Date: $3.3 million

Injuries: None

Fire Update: There was no change in fire activity overnight as weather continued to favor suppression efforts.  Higher humidity and light winds kept the fire from advancing any further.  Efforts to burn out fuel on the northwest perimeter of the fire yesterday were successful, and will be continued today to secure that perimeter.  Crews will continue to monitor hot spots throughout the fire, and especially on the edges to ensure that the fire remains within the defined perimeter.

Fire behavior analysts expect no change in fire behavior today. The higher relative humidity that we’ve had, and should continue to have, lessens the probability of unburned fuel igniting. Chances of thunderstorms and associated lightning, gusty winds, and rain remain for today and tomorrow. There is also about a 20% probability of a wetting rain (more than 1/10 inch) in today’s forecast.  Lightning strikes associated with this weather pattern remain a concern for firefighters, and could cause additional fire activity in the area.  Crews assigned to this fire will be responsible for initial attack on any new fires within five miles of the Eureka Fire.

A public meeting was held last night on the upper Ruby River to inform the public of fire conditions, suppression efforts, and to address any public concerns.  The meeting was well attended and well received by the public.

Closures: For the protection of public health and safety, an area closure is in place in the vicinity of the Eureka Fire. All roads and trails within the closure area are closed to the public. The closure essentially covers all access routes to and through the Eureka Fire area. A detailed description of the closure order is available here: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/article/3637/20315/

Special Concerns:  New fire starts.  Please be careful with campfires and other activities in the area so firefighters can remain dedicated to finishing their suppression of the current fire.