Evening update from the Eagle Creek fire
Incident: Eagle Creek Wildfire
Incident Management Team
DAILY INFORMATION FACT SHEET
Incident: Eagle Creek Wildland Fire Information Phone: 406-477-7143
Phone normally staffed 0700-10:00pm
Information Officer: Pat McKelvey
Location: Eagle Creek Fire is located in Black Eagle Creek Drainage approximately 11 miles South of Lame Deer, Montana.
Approximate Size: 4,140 acres Containment : 60%
Incident Commander: Tom Heintz, Northern Rockies Type-II Incident Management Team
Hand Crews: (1) Type II crew; Engines: 15
Air Support: (2) Type 3 helicopters Bulldozers: 3 Total personnel: 128
Injuries: None Cost to Date: $350,000
Fire Update: A Northern Rockies Incident Management Team assumed management of the Eagle Creek Fire at 6:00 am this morning. Tom Heintz is the Incident Commander.
Today the crews worked into the fire the required 150 feet and cooled at least 60% of the perimeter. There is quite a bit of heat remaining on the north and northwest perimeter. The fire did flare up in the logging slash in that area and would have been problematic if the firefighters were not nearby and stopped the fire spread.
Use of the helicopters was light today and included the possible initial attack on what was determined to be smoke from a previous fire. The air attack platform that was assigned to this fire was released at the end of shift tonight and made available for other fires if needed.
More resources will be rotated to that side of the fire tomorrow, since that is where the most heat remains. Mapping of the suppression lines, including those that were unsuccessful in the initial attack of this fire will begin so they are included in the rehabilitation work.
Tomorrow is forecast to by mostly sunny with the possibility of isolated showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. The maximum temperature will be 80-85 with minimum humidity 17-22 percent. That means warmer, drier, and the possibility of lightning at 1 to 8 strikes per minute, per storm cell. Winds will be south at 5-10 mph.
Special Concerns: New fire starts!
Attention: Stage 1 Fire Restrictions remain in effect for this area. Information on fire restrictions can be found at http://firerestrictions.us/mt/.
Notice to Airman, a Temporary Flight Restriction is in place over the Eagle Creek Fire and surrounding area.