July 20, 2012 10:45 A.M.
Contact: Boyd Hartwig
What: Wildland Fire
Detected: July 19th – Lightning caused
Location: Approx. 1 mile of Stuart Peak, Rattlesnake Wilderness, Missoula Ranger District, Lolo NF
Current size: Estimated .75 acres Containment: Fireline is established. Containment is possible later today
Resources on Fire: 8 Smokejumpers
Summary: This lightning caused fire was reported by state of Montana aircraft on a fire detection flight and called into Missoula Interagency Dispatch Center at 1:52 p.m. July 19. Eight Smokejumpers were dispatched, jumped into the area and began suppression action yesterday afternoon. Reported fire behavior at that time was single and group torching of trees. Fire was also spotting and burning uphill in rugged terrain, making containment difficult. A helicopter was dispatched and bucket drops began yesterday afternoon. The bucket work was effective in suppressing spot fire activity and a request for an additional load of jumpers was put on hold. The original eight Smokejumpers worked until midnight and began work again at 0600 this morning. Fireline is established and containment is possible later today.
Terrain: Remote, steep terrain near the boundary of the Rattlesnake Wilderness and Rattlesnake Recreation area
Today’s Plan: Improve fireline as needed and mop-up in the fire area.
Closures: No closures in place. Signs will be posted at some trail locations to advise public of fire suppression activities
Additional Info: No threats to structures or property
For more information call (406) 329-1024