Contact: Wisdom Ranger District
Office: (406) 689-3243
Detected: August 30, 2013
Location: 18 miles NNW of Wisdom, MT near Continental Divide, 4.5 miles northwest of Pintler Lake
Incident Commander: Kendall Wilson
Incident Commander Trainee: Isaac Karuzes
Acres Burned: 75
· 1 Type 3 Helicopter
· 1 Heavy Helicopter
· 2 Hotshot crews – Lewis and Clark Hotshots and Lolo Hotshots
· 2 Type 1 crews from Canada
· 4 Smokejumpers
· Misc. overhead
Summary: The lightning caused Beaver Creek Fire, located in the Anaconda Pintler Wilderness Area, is 75 acres and located on steep terrain in beetle infested lodgepole pine with lots of snags
Today a change in wind direction pushed the Beaver Creek Fire southwest down into the Beaver Creek drainage. The wind blew spots ¼ mile out in front of the main fire. The fire burned very actively and the anchor point the crews established yesterday was lost. An anchor point is an advantageous location from which to start constructing a fireline. The anchor point is used to minimize the chance of being flanked by the fire while line is being constructed. Because of safety reasons all resources were pulled back from direct attack on the fire. A helicopter was borrowed from the Bitterroot National Forest, and along with the heavy helicopter already assigned to the fire, dropped water to try and cool the fire. The Canadian crews that arrived this afternoon were staged at the Helispot at Pintler Meadows and were not flown onto the fire.
A Wildland Fire Management Team (Hutton) has been ordered and will assume control of the fire Tuesday or Wednesday.
Tomorrow’s operation will continue helicopter bucket work to try and hold the fire from moving further south and east down the Beaver Creek drainage and keep the heel of the fire from compromising the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail.
An order (2013 – D2/D3-042) closing trails #2037 and #3368 is in effect for the fire. The Continental Divide National Scenic Trail and Pintler campground remain open.
For more information about the Beaver Creek Fire go online to inciweb.nwcg.gov and click on Beaver Creek.