Update: July 26, 2013 @ 9:00 p.m.
Contact: Karen Tuscano, 406-223-2028, Mariah Leuschen, 406-548-1174
FIRE NAME: Emigrant Fire
DATE OF DETECTION: July 21, 2013
CURRENT SIZE: approximately 600 acres
LOCATION: South of Emigrant Peak, between Gold Prize Creek and North Fork Sixmile Creek
AGENCY: Gallatin National Forest
**A public meeting has been scheduled for Saturday evening at 6:00 p.m.
at the Paradise Valley Fire Station.**
PERSONNEL AND RESOURCES ON THE FIRE: 3 Type 1 crews, 1 Type 2 crew, 2 helicopters,
4 engines and overhead for a total of 122 personnel.
TODAY’S ACTIVITY: The fire behavior increased this afternoon due to the warmer and drier weather with increased winds. A small column was visible close to 5:00 p.m. as the fire made a short run on the northern flank of the fire. Firefighters completed indirect contingency line preparations to the northwest of the fire. Crews also continued line preparations in the North Fork Sixmile Creek drainage, while helicopters dropped water in that drainage to slow the progress of the fire backing downhill.
SATURDAY’S PLANNED ACTIVITY: Firefighters will continue to seek indirect contingency plans to the northwest and west of the fire, while continuing to prepare contingency lines on the western side working to the south. A recon flight will occur in the morning to more accurately determine hot spots and where firefighters will focus indirect suppression tactics. The two helicopters will be available for bucket drops as needed.
FIRE WEATHER: A Fire Weather Watch will be in effect for Park County from Saturday afternoon through Saturday evening for scattered dry thunderstorms. Gusty and erratic winds are expected near thunderstorms. Tomorrow’s high is forecast to be 84 degrees, with a minimum relative humidity of 19%. Winds are expected to be out of the southwest in the morning at 5-10 mph, shifting to the northeast in the afternoon.
CLOSURES & OTHER INFORMATION: Dailey Lake and most surrounding camping areas are open to recreationists through the weekend. Emigrant Fire Incident Command Post is located on a bench approximately ¼ mile north of the lake and that area is the only portion closed to the public at Dailey Lake Recreation area. Please be cautious of fire traffic on Dailey Lake Road.
The Forest Service portion of Sixmile Creek Road from its junction with the Dailey Lake Road will be closed until further notice.
The Sixmile Creek Trial (#61) and North Fork of Sixmile Creek Trail (#606) will be closed to their junction with Trail #601 north of Monitor Peak. Connector Trail #601 will remain open.
A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is in place over the fire area to ensure the safety of the aerial fire operations.
For further information, go to: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3537/