Bozeman, MT – Yesterday’s cooler temperatures subdued fire behavior slightly, and kept the fire’s growth to a minimum. Estimated size is now 10,183 acres, but containment is still 0 percent. Although progress building containment lines continues, fire edge is not considered contained until mop up has been completed and we are confident the line will prevent further spread of the fire.
Saturday firefighters had the opportunity to work directly on the fire’s edge on the west flank, north and south of Storm Castle Creek, installing and securing additional containment line. Several miles of contingency line were constructed with dozers along roads and trails to the west of the fire’s edge, in case the containment line doesn’t hold .
Today, containment line construction and mop-up will continue north on Telephone Ridge and south from Storm Castle Creek, as well as on the north side working east toward South Cottonwood Creek. Crews building containment line and mopping up along the south side will also work on suppression of a small spot fire south of the line.
Two helicopters are assigned to the incident, and several water drops were made on the headwaters of South Cottonwood Creek, to check the fire’s growth down canyon.
As of Saturday night there were 2 Type 1 hand crews, 7 Type 2 hand crews, 19 engines, eight dozers and a total of 372 people assigned to this fire.
Another Fire Information Meeting will be held at 6:00p.m. this evening at Hope Lutheran Church, 2152 W. Graf St., in Bozeman.
The public is reminded that there will be increases in fire traffic on roads in the area this holiday weekend please use caution when driving.