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Emigrant Fire News Release

Emigrant Fire Evening Update

Incident: Emigrant Fire Wildfire
Released: 7/23/2013

EVENING FIRE UPDATE

Emigrant Fire

Update: July 23, 2013 @ 9:00 p.m.

Contact: Karen Tuscano 406-223-2028

FIRE NAME: Emigrant Fire

DATE OF DETECTION: July 21, 2013

CAUSE: Lightning

CURRENT SIZE: approximately 419 acres

CONTAINMENT: 0%

LOCATION: South of Emigrant Peak, between Gold Prize Creek and North Fork Sixmile Creek

AGENCY: Gallatin National Forest

PERSONNEL AND RESOURCES ON THE FIRE: 40 firefighters and 2 helicopters.

FIRE HISTORY: Thunderstorms that rolled through the area on Wednesday afternoon ignited a fire south of Emigrant Peak in the Paradise Valley south of Livingston, MT. The fire is located between Gold Prize Creek and the North Fork of Sixmile Creek. Firefighters responded to the fire at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, July 21st. The fire is burning in and adjacent to the fire scar from a fire in 1999, and in thick timber with a large amount of dead and down fuels.

TODAY’S ACTIVITY: Firefighters reported seeing less activity today on the fire than they have seen the last two days. The fire continued to slowly work its way farther down from the ridge, with some short uphill runs. Near mid-slope in the North Fork Sixmile Creek drainage, the large helicopter dropped buckets of water on active fire to slow the rate of spread. Firefighters worked to prep a portion of indirect line on the west flank of the fire. The indirect line is in a location where the fuels are mostly grass and the slope is much less steep than where the fire is currently burning. The line is being constructed to stop the fire when it burns down to that location. An engine crew is conducting a structure assessment on an uninhabited cabin that lies approximately 1 mile within the Forest boundary on private land. The crew will be working with the landowner to advise removing fuels from around the cabin to decrease the likelihood of it burning down if the fire approaches.

TOMORROW’S WEATHER AND PLANNED ACTIVITY: Relative humidity values will again be low overnight. Wednesday will be warm with a high reaching 83 degrees. The minimum relative humidity is expected to be around 13%. Some monsoonal moisture will approach the fire Wednesday, so a bit more cumulus clouds may develop in the afternoon. It looks like the best chance of thunderstorms will stay south of the fire area tomorrow, but there is a chance of thunderstorms moving closer to the fire area on Thursday.Firefighter and public safety are the top priority for this fire. Firefighters will continue to prepare indirect line using natural barriers to confine the fire to as small an area as possible. This is the only safe option for firefighters on the ground at this time. Additional resources have been ordered and will start arriving on the fire tomorrow. The immediate threat of the fire reaching private property is not significant at this time; however it is anticipated that the fire will continue to burn for quite some time and the influences of weather can change conditions rapidly.

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.

Homeowners in the Paradise Valley should always be prepared for unexpected events such as wildfire. To learn how to prepare your family and your property for emergency wildfire situations, call Greg Coleman with Park County at 222-4188, or go to http://firesafemt.org/.Gallatin National Forest officials would like to thank MT FWP and DNRC for providing a location for the Incident Command Post that will fit the needs of fire personnel. We also appreciate the support from the MT DOT and our Park County partners.

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Gallatin National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
10 East Babcock Ave.
P.O. Box 130
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Bozeman, MT 59771

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