Detected: August 28, 2012, Cause: Under Investigation
Location: 19 Mile Road and Highway 2
Jurisdiction: Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest and Jefferson County
Size: 3,000 acres
· 2 Airtankers
· 2 Helicopter
· 11 Engines
· 1 Hand Crew
Summary: Crews worked hard through the night working on the eastern and western side of this northern moving fire. Additional firefighting resources have been ordered and are arriving this morning to assist. Crews are preparing as red flag warnings for high winds and low humidities have been predicted for today.
The 19 Mile Fire was first reported around 3:50 p.m. Tuesday. Firefighters from County, State and Federal agencies are working together to manage this fire. The fire is burning in the Radar Creek and Toll Mountain area north of Highway 2. It is burning in grass, brush and timber. A Type 2 Incident Management Team under the direction of Stan Benes has been ordered to assist with management of this fire beginning this afternoon.
Structures are threatened and Jefferson County Sherriff has conducted evacuations in the Upper Rader Creek and Toll Mountain area. Residents are asked to check in at the Whitehall Ambulance Barn and if they need other assistance to go to the Catholic Church in Whitehall. Small animals may be taken to the Whitehall Ambulance Barn, however they will need to be in cages. Large animals may be taken to the Rodeo Grounds in Whitehall.
Officials are asking people to avoid driving in this area to provide for the safety of firefighters and publics.
Officials are also reminding the public Stage I restrictions are in effect for all of the Beaverhead-Deerlodge NF with the exception of the Anaconda-Pintler and the Lee Metcalf Wilderness Areas. For more information about restrictions go to http://firerestrictions.us/.
For more information about the 19 Mile Fire go online to www.inciweb.org.