Montana Department of Natural Resources & Conservation
1539 Eleventh Ave.
Helena, MT 59601
Incident Command: Type 2 Northern Rockies Incident Management Team 4, Rick Connell, I.C.
Size: 30,030 acres Containment: 88% Personnel: 227
Current Status: The area within the fire perimeter demonstrated minimal fire activity yesterday. Smokes were sporadic and fire crews worked to find and extinguish all heat within 200 ft of the fire edge. Crews worked on the north and southeast fire perimeter, connecting and securing control lines and increasing containment from 60-88%. Engines and crews patrolled within the fire area, looking for heat and working to minimize the chance of fire spread. Equipment is being used to work on the rehabilitation of interior dozer control lines.
Today’s forecast includes dry conditions with a high in the 80s. Wind speeds are predicted to be 5-15 mph. This evening a weak dry cold front will move over the area, reducing temperatures slightly but creating variable and gusting wind. Temperatures tonight could be as low as 50. Tomorrow is forecasted to be in the 70s. There is a higher probability of ignition in lighter fuels with the continuation of warm and dry conditions.
Planned Actions: In areas with secure containment, crews will be searching for remaining hot spots, smoldering fuels, and smoke. Crews and engines will search areas to ensure no heat remains within 200 feet from the fire edge in the southeast area of the fire. Additional work will be done to connect containment lines along the northeast side of the fire. Rehabilitation work will continue in areas of fire-related ground disturbance. Hand crews and engines are prepared to respond to new starts to support local resources. Aerial resources will be available to support response efforts to any new ignitions, as requested by local and state fire agencies.
Key Message: As weather conditions continue in a warm and dry trend, there is an increased potential for new fire ignitions. At this time, fire crews, engines and aircraft are monitoring the fire weather forecast and are ready to respond to any new starts or active fire behavior.
The large uncontained wildfires in the western United States may contribute to widespread haze in Montana. Local air quality may be impacted by these large fires over the next couple days.
Closures/Restrictions: There are no evacuation orders or area closures at this time.
Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR): The temporary flight restriction has been lifted.
Cooperating Agencies: DNRC, BLM, Musselshell County, Bull Mountain Fire Department.