September 3, 2013
Contact: Boyd Hartwig
Phone: 406 329-1024
What: Harry’s Flat Fire Update
Location: Lolo National Forest
Summary: The Harry’s Flat Fire continues to burn in grass and scattered timber in very steep terrain in the Welcome Creek Wilderness west of Harry’s Flat Campground in the Rock Creek drainage. The fire backed down south-facing hillsides last night and is now estimated to be 250 acres. Firefighters today are working to keep fire growth north of Cinnamon Bear Creek and are building handline as needed, supported by helicopter bucket drops. The Missoula Ranger District has closed the Harry’s Flat Campground to the east of the fire for public safety. Some dispersed camping locations near the fire area along Rock Creek have also been closed.
Fire managers have established point zone protection locations that will trigger suppression actions to protect structures and property. The fire is growing toward remote areas to the north and west and away from structures and property. Handline and a Type 1 helicopter are being used as needed to check any fire activity to the south or east. Primary suppression strategy is to keep the fire west of Rock Creek drainage and north of Cinnamon Bear Creek. The predominant fire behavior is creeping and smoldering ground fire with occasional single and group tree torching.
Location: One quarter mile west of Harry’s Flat Campground in the Rock Creek drainage, Welcome Creek Wilderness, approximately 15 miles south of Interstate 90
Size: 250 acres
Containment: Point zone protection strategy with Management Action Points on fire perimeter.
Resources: Three crews, one engine assigned; Type I helicopter available as needed
Cinnamon Bear Trail #93: closed for entire length from trailhead at Rock Creek Road to trail terminus at Road #2129.
Cinnamon Bear Point Trail #346: closed for entire length from its junction with Trail #93 to terminus at Cinnamon Bear Point
Harry’s Flat Campground: closed
Terrain: Very steep hillsides, grass and scattered timber with rock scree