Beaverhead/Deerlodge National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
420 Barrett St Dillon Montana 59725
Dillon, MT 59725
August 13, 2017 9:00 a.m. For Immediate Release (406) 859-9107
Acres Burned: 13,711 Containment: 5% Fire Started: July 14, 2017
Cause: Lightning Crews: 14 Helicopters: 5
Engines: 14 Dozers: 2 Skidgines: 2
Water Tenders: 7 Masticators 2 Total Resources: 540
The Rocky Mountain Type 2 Incident Management Blue Team began arriving yesterday. Jay Esperance, Incident Commander and his team will be familiarizing themselves alongside the current team to understand the fire, the plan, the communities, and the values at risk. This will ensure a smooth safe transition and should be seamless to firefighters and cooperators.
The Meyers Fire was relatively calm yesterday with active fire behavior predominantly in the northern and western flanks. The potential for large fire growth remains high due to the presence of thick dry vegetation between the fire edge and the primary control lines. However, should the fire begin to move toward these lines, fire managers have identified locations that will trigger aggressive suppression actions. These actions include aerial water drops, burnout operations, and the activation of structure protection sprinkler systems. The desired effect will be to slow the uncontrolled advance of the fire giving firefighters a better chance of holding the lines. Firefighters are making excellent progress and have completed 75% of the primary indirect control lines. Most of the remaining work must be done by hand and chippers. The majority of the heavy equipment has been relocated north to speed the construction of the east/west contingency line for the protection of East Fork Reservoir and Georgetown Lake. Structure protection is still a priority for Moose Lake and the Frog Pond areas.
A passing cold front will bring increasing winds from west to southwest and the atmosphere will become more stable. A possibility of scattered showers and thunderstorms exists and will be increasing as the day goes on. A chance of a wetting rain in some areas is possible. A RED FLAG warning remains in effect until 2100 tonight.
Evacuations: Evacuations are still in place for the FROG POND BASIN, COPPER CREEK CAMPGROUND and the MOOSE LAKE areas. These areas are closed for public health and safety due to wildfire.
Fire Restrictions/Closures: Interagency fire management officials in southwestern Montana began Stage 1 fire restrictions, effective at midnight on August 5, 2017. These restrictions apply to the following areas: Madison County, Beaverhead County, Deer Lodge County, Silver Bow County, Powell County south of I-90 and Highway 12 and Granite County south of I-90 and east of the Lolo National Forest boundary. The current fire danger level across the forest is Very High. Granite County has implemented Stage II fire restrictions for private lands within Granite County.
An Emergency Closure Order, dated August 3, 2017, remains in place for Copper Creek Road #80 closed at the junction with Moose Lake Road #5106. The Copper Creek Campground is closed. The Ross Fork Road #70 remains open to local traffic only. A map and narrative of the closure area is available on InciWeb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/photos/MTBDF/2017-07-20-1925-Meyers-Fire/picts/2017_08_03-22.09.50.566-CDT.pdf
Temporary Flight Restrictions: A TFR encompasses the area over the fire. For more information http://tfr.faa.gov/.
Further information can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/US-Forest-Service-Beaverhead-Deerlodge-National-Forest-1540138089548920/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel, and https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5397/ ###