August 12, 2015, 5:30 p.m.
Contact: Peri Suenram, (406) 683-3967 (office), (406) 370-2144 (cell)
What: Wildland Fire
Detected: August 11, 2015
Current Size: Estimated 52 Acres
Resources on Fire: 5 Engines, 8 Smoke Jumpers, 1 Six Person Initial Attack Crew, 1 Americorp Crew and 1 medium helicopter
Resources Ordered: 2 Hand Crews
Location: Approximately 8 miles S of Whitehall, MT in the Tobacco Root Mountains.
Narrative: The Perry Canyon fire was discovered around 5 p.m. yesterday afternoon and is burning on National Forest land and near privately owned land. Currently, no structures are threatened. The fire is burning in remote and rugged terrain which is making ground based fire fighting difficult. Two loads of retardant were dropped on the fire today which inhibited fire growth and allowed crews to make good suppression progress. The fire did not progress today and crews should have line constructed around the perimeter late this evening. Approximately 50 people are working to construct fireline with the assistance of a medium helicopter. Smoke from the fire has decreased due to the aerial suppression efforts today.
Safety Concerns: The top priority is to keep the public and firefighters safe.
Closures: There are no closures in the area at this time.
For more information about this fire and other fires across the country, go online to http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/.