July 23, 2012 10:45 A.M.
Contact: Boyd Hartwig
What: Wildland Fire
Detected: July 22th – lightning caused
Location: Approximately one mile northeast of Dunham Point, Seeley Lake Ranger District
Current size: Under ten acres Containment: 0%
Summary: The Dunham Fire is burning in steep terrain and heavy timber one mile northeast of Dunham Point on the Seeley Lake Ranger District. Fire behavior yesterday included group tree torching and steep terrain made suppression difficult. Gusty winds of up to 30 miles an hour also contributed to fire spread yesterday and did not allow for effective retardant drops.
Resources on Fire: One Type II crew currently on this fire as well as 14 Smokejumpers and one engine from the Seeley Lake district. Two Hotshot crews have been ordered. Aviation resources are also available if needed.
Today’s Plan: Establish safety zones, develop strategy for fire containment, and begin fireline construction. Firefighters will also be locating and extinguishing spot fires outside of the main fire.
Closures: No closures currently in place.
Weather Info: Firefighters today will take advantage of lower temperatures and lighter winds to establish fireline.
Additional Info: No structures or property currently threatened.
Other Lolo NF Fire Activity: Firefighters were able to contain the Howard Creek Fire on the Missoula Ranger District last night. The Twin Lakes Fire in the Rattlesnake Wilderness has also been contained.