FIRE INFORMATION FACT SHEET
Date: September 19, 2012
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Information Officer: Kathy Bushnell, 406-422-7164
Incident: East Fork Fire
Incident Commander: Jay Lindgren
Detected/Reported: August 22, 2012
Origin: T16N, R10W, Section 36 on the Helena National Forest-Lincoln Ranger District
Approximate Size: 3,800
There wasn’t much humidity recovery overnight last night, so the East Fork Fire became active earlier in the day and remained active throughout the late afternoon and evening. Despite the active fire behavior, there was minimal growth and the fire remains at about 3,800 acres. Due to the windy conditions, dry fuels and terrain the fire was most active on the northwest and northeast flanks with smoldering and some group tree torching within the interior of the fire perimeter.
Firefighters continue to work on the southwest flank in the Arrastra Creek area, outside of the Wilderness boundary, using both indirect and direct attack. A helicopter remains available to help with water-bucket drops, as is needed. Firefighters also continue to monitor and suppress spot fires outside of the Scapegoat Wilderness in the Copper Creek drainage.
Tomorrow’s weather conditions will remain similar to what was experienced on the fire today, including warmer-than-normal temperatures, low relative humidity levels and westerly winds up to 15 mph. With this weather forecast combined with the steep terrain and dry fuels, the fire will likely remain active on the more eastern flanks. As the fire remains active, smoke columns will be visible from Lincoln and the surrounding areas throughout the next several days.
All area and trail closures remain in effect at this time.
Links of Interest:
· This link is to the “Spot Weather Forecast” that is regularly requested by the Forest Service throughout the day for the East Fork Fire. The spot weather forecast gives very specific information for the fire area, only. This provides fire managers a more specific information to help anticipate fire behavior as well as plan operational tactics http://spot.nws.noaa.gov/cgi-bin/spot/spotmon?site=tfx (Click on “East Fork”)
· This link is to the NOAA-National Weather Service that displays the smoke concentrations and where it is being dispersed. Click on the link below and then following these three steps to get to the right location: http://airquality.weather.gov/sectors/conus.php
1. Click on the State of Montana on the map. You can click on it two times to get the county lines to display, yet this is as far as it will zoom.
2. Change the tab from “Daily View” to “Loops”
3. Change the Guidance Element in the “Loops” tab to “1Hr Average Surface Smoke”
· Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks—Hunting: This webpage provides regulations and maps/descriptions of the hunting districts, which will assist people with their plans as various places may remain closed to the public. http://fwp.mt.gov/hunting/
For more information: call Kathy Bushnell at 422-7164 or go to www.inciweb.org.