Myron Hotinger, Fire Behavior Analyst, said; “Last nights precipitation probably totaled less than a quarter of an inch on the fire, and much of that may have hung up in the tops of the trees … it will offer us a good opportunity to get in and complete more line, but this is going to dry out given the general lack of moisture”. Hotinger went on to say; “… we’ll call this a ‘fire slowing event’ versus a season ending event which would need three quarters of an inch of rain over 3 days.”
Last night’s official data is still calling the fire 9,500 acres with 0 percent containment. The fire did actually grow about 600 acres on Friday but due to smoke and poor visibility Thursday’s data was a small overestimate of size.
Operations reported at this morning’s crew briefing good progress was made securing the heel of the fire and planning for line building in the principal drainages north of the fire is well underway. As ordered firefighting resources arrive they will be put to work.
As of Friday night there were 2 Type 1 hand crews, 8 Type 2 hand crews, 19 engines, eight dozers and a total of 310 people assigned to this fire. Although no helicopters are officially assigned yet, local ships were used yesterday and heavy air tankers made 6 missions on the north end of the fire dropping about 15,000 gallons of retardant aiding ground crews.
Another Fire Information Meeting will be held at 6:00p.m. this evening at Hope Lutheran Church, 2152 W. Graf St., in Bozeman.
The public is reminded that there will be increases in fire traffic on roads in the area this holiday weekend please use caution when driving.