Montana Department of Natural Resources & Conservation
Missoula, MT 59804
Great Basin Incident Management Team (IMT) #2 transferred command of the East Fork Fire to the local Type 3 IMT this morning at 6 a.m. The Type 3 IMT will be lead by Incident Commander, Don Pyrah.
This will be the final written update for the fire. For information on the East Fork Fire call these numbers during the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. After hours you may leave a message and your call will be returned.
Hill County Emergency Operation Center (EOC) at (406) 265-5481 ext. 283
Blaine County Emergency Operation Center (EOC) at (406) 357-3310
Chippewa-Cree Tribe at (406) 395-4207 (Dept. of Natural Resources) or (406) 395-4476 (BIA)
The team would like to thank Hill County, Blaine County, State of Montana, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Chippewa Cree Tribe and all others involved for their support and cooperation during our time on the fire.
Weather: A Red Flag Warning will be in effect from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday for high temperatures, low humidifies and gusty winds. Temperatures are expected to be in the low 90s with winds from the ESE at 12 to
18 mph gusting to 25 mph in the afternoon. Relative humidity is expected to drop to single digits. Brisk winds can be expected throughout the night.
Yesterday: Firefighters continued to patrol, secure and mop up along containment lines. They successfully located and extinguished hotspots in the Clear Creek and southern Little Box Elder Creek. While firefighters were able to complete the fire line in the Little Box Canyon area heat still remains in the heavy fuels. Helicopter water drops were used to extinguish hot spots in these areas. Firefighters continued to patrol and improve these lines as needed. Work to insure hotspots in Mooney Coulee have been extinguished also continued. In many places along the fireline where containment had been achieved, suppression repair efforts either continued or began.
Actions Planned: Firefighters will continue work in Little Box Elder Canyon where heavy fuels continue to hold heat. In Mooney Coulee, crews will continue mopping up near structures as needed. Crews will identify and extinguish remaining hotspots in the Miner’s Gulch area. The remaining portions of the fire perimeter that are contained will be patrolled and improved and suppression repair will continue where needed. Even as fire containment is increasing, smoke may be seen from unburned pockets of fuels burning in the interior of the fire. These unburned pockets are no threat to the fire perimeter.
Closures: Highway 234 remains closed from Taylor Road south. Beaver Creek Park and all side roads within the park remain closed to recreation. The Hill County Sheriff’s Department has lifted the evacuation order on Sucker Creek Road and Taylor Roads allowing property owners to return to these areas. Sucker Creek Road has been opened to local residents; the public is urged to stay out of the area due to heavy equipment and emergency personnel still working in the area.