July 31, 2013 9:30 A.M.
Contact: Boyd Hartwig
Phone: 406 329-1024
What: Butte Cabin Fire Update
Location: 25 miles southeast of Missoula, Montana
This will be the final update for the Butte Cabin Fire unless fire conditions change
Summary: Firefighters established handline on the south and north flanks of the fire yesterday. Containment is estimated to be 40 percent. Two crews are assigned to the fire and they are using aviation as needed to keep the fire within its current perimeter. Minimal fire behavior was reported yesterday. More accurate GPS mapping has established the fire at 8 acres. The fire is burning in grass and scattered timber on steep slopes on the north side of Butte Cabin Creek, about two miles east of the Butte Cabin Creek Trailhead. During its initial run the fire burned upslope and reached north facing slopes, but handline has been established there.
Planned Actions: Firefighters have established handline on the south and north flanks of the fire and will work today and tomorrow to tie in those lines and contain the fire within its current perimeter. Aircraft will be utilized today and tomorrow as needed.
Size: 8 acres
Containment: 40 percent
Resources: Two Type II crews, seven Missoula district initial attack firefighters, one Type I Helicopter, one Type III Helicopter
Terrain: The fire is located on steep, south and north facing slopes in the Butte Cabin Creek drainage.
Closures: Trails #227, #349, #224 and # 1273. Road #16111 is also closed (see Inciweb Map for details)
Cause: Under investigation. The fire was reported to Missoula Interagency dispatch by a tanker returning from the Moose Meadows Fire Monday afternoon (July 29) at 3:10 P.M.
Inciweb page: http://inciweb.org/incident/3572/