July 30, 2013 9:00 A.M.
Contact: Boyd Hartwig
Phone: 406 329-1024
What: Butte Cabin Fire Update
Location: 25 miles southeast of Missoula, Montana
Summary: Three Single Engine Air Tankers (SEATs) and three helicopters (two heavy, one light) kept this fire under 20 acres late yesterday afternoon. Due to gusty and erratic winds Smokejumpers dispatched to the fire yesterday did not leave the aircraft. One crew, as well as seven Missoula district firefighters hiked into the area late yesterday and remain on scene today. One additional crew has been ordered to help suppress the fire. The fire is burning mostly in grass on a steep, south facing slope on the north side of Butte Cabin Creek, about two miles east of the Butte Cabin Creek Trailhead.
The fire was reported to Missoula Interagency dispatch by a tanker returning from the Moose Creek Fire yesterday afternoon at 3:10 P.M. The fire is located about 15 miles south of Interstate-90.
Planned Actions: Firefighters have established safety zones and escape routes. Today they will establish an anchor point and then begin to build handline to contain the fire.
Size: 15 acres
Containment: 0 percent
Resources: One crew, seven Missoula district initial attack firefighters, one engine, two Type I Helicopters, one Type III Helicopter, one Type I crew on order
Terrain: The fire is located on a steep, south facing slope in the Butte Cabin Creek drainage. Fire start was approximately mid-slope
Cause: Under investigation. Possible lightning holdover ignition