Update: September 12, 2012 @ 9 p.m.
Contact: Fire Information: 406-823-6079
Karen Tuscano 406-223-2028
FIRE NAME: Pine Creek
DATE OF DETECTION: August 29, 2012
CAUSE: Human (under investigation)
CURRENT SIZE: 8,509 acres
LOCATION: Pine Creek on the east side of Paradise Valley
AGENCY: Park County, Gallatin National Forest
IMT: Type III Incident Management Team, Greg Juvan, IC
TODAY’S ACTIVITY: The cool temperatures and light winds helped to keep fire activity low today. A few smokes were seen in the Pine Creek drainage, and helicopters worked the isolated smokes in the North Fork of Deep Creek with water drops. Firefighters worked to put out hot spots in the basin on the ridge between South Fork of Deep Creek and Davis Creek.
TOMORROW’S WEATHER AND PLANNED ACTIVITY: Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for warmer temperatures and continued low relative humidity. The high temperature could reach 78 degrees, and the minimum relative humidity could be close to 10%. Winds should be out of the north-northwest at 8-12 mph with gusts to 18 mph.
Firefighters in the head of Davis Creek plan on finishing their mop up work tomorrow. Helicopters will drop water on hot spots to assist the firefighters with mop up, and keep the fire in check in areas without containment line. The helicopters will also work the areas of heat in the North Fork of Deep Creek with water drops.
PERSONNEL AND RESOURCES ON THE FIRE: : There are approximately 100 personnel assigned, including 2 crews, 6 engines, 3 water tenders and 2 helicopters.
SPECIAL MESSAGES & OTHER INFORMATION: Fuels in the area are extremely dry and receptive to burning. People who are interested in viewing the fire are encouraged to use Mallard’s Rest fishing access site on Highway 89, and refrain from stopping on East River Road. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks will send out a notice when the Loch Leven Fishing Access Site reopens.
**All pre-evacuation notices associated with the Pine Creek Fire have been lifted in all areas. The fire will continue to burn until it receives significant moisture, but fire and Park County officials feel that the risk of the fire impacting residents has decreased. People should expect to see smoke coming from the fire area for the next few weeks.**
People are urged to travel slowly and cautiously with the increased fire traffic during the early morning and early evening hours, and school buses on the roads. Be sure to obey all traffic signs and drive defensively.
Residents should be aware that helicopters could still be flying overhead, as they are assisting firefighters on the ground.
Roads restricted to residents only include Deep Creek Road and Upper Luccock Park Road.
The area closure on the Gallatin National Forest is still in effect, including the Pine Creek Campground and Trailhead.
A temporary flight restriction (TFR) is in place over the fire area in order to safeguard aerial fire operations.
A Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team began assessing rehabilitation efforts on private land today.
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