Cooler temperatures, cloudy skies and higher humidity aided Millie firefighters in advancing suppression activities in the South Cottonwood Drainage yesterday.
Fuels in advance of the fire were pretreated with retardant to hold the fire in check along the ridge near the west fork of Cottonwood Creek. Aerial resources focused on bucket drops of water while crews were able to get closer to the fire to establish a hose lay for fire suppression in the South Cottonwood drainage.
Fourteen smoke jumpers were able to contain a small spot fire, approximately 5 acres in size, that developed east of the East Fork of the Cottonwood drainage.
A remote camp has been established closer to the active fire area. Crews continue to use water pumps and hose to work at containing the fire in the Cottonwood drainage. Firefighters along the southeastern flank of the fire continue to secure existing containment lines and work to eliminate heat sources near the fire perimeter.
Residents can expect to see smoke in the valley on Monday. Northwest winds continue to bring smoke from the Bean Canyon Fire near Toston, MT and from many fires in Idaho. Temperatures are expected to rise slightly today without appreciable winds; however a warming trend is anticipated later this week.
The Millie Fire Area Closure remains in effect for the Storm Castle, Little Bear, and South Cottonwood areas. Hyalite Reservoir remains closed to watercraft while it is used as a dip site for helicopters working on the Millie Fire. For more information, please contact the Millie Fire Information line at (406) 522-2537 and online at www.inciweb.org.