FIRE INFORMATION FACT SHEET
Date: September 20, 2012
Time: 6:30 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
Most of today’s activity on the East Fork Fire was on the northeastern flank predominately due to the westerly winds and dense timber and snags in the area; however, the inversion provided a slight reprieve from any additional movement or spread of the fire. A majority of the activity was within the interior of the fire with smoldering and group tree torching today.
Firefighters continue to work on the southwest flank in the Arrastra Creek area, outside of the Wilderness boundary, using both indirect and direct attack. Additional firefighters arrived today to help with suppression efforts on this perimeter. 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.
Weather conditions will remain the same with warm temperatures in the low 70s, relative humidity levels in upper teens and south winds at 5-10 mph shifting to the east later in the afternoon at 10 mph. As the fire remains active, smoke columns will be visible from Lincoln and the surrounding areas.
All area and trail closures remain in effect. The closure area is: Mainline #481 at Webb Lake Administrative Cabin T16N R9W Section 14; following north to ridgeline in T16N R9W Section 11; following across and including the Middle Fork Trail #479 to the ridgeline/knob on the section corners of T16N R9W PB39, PB40, 9 and 10; following across Blondie Creek and Scotty Creek to ridgeline/knob in T16N R9W Section 8; following and including the Twin Lakes trail #425.
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.