Update: September 15, 2012 @ 7:00 p.m.
Contact: Fire Information 406-363-3556
Phones: Paula Short 406-370-5334
FIRE NAME: Sawtooth
DATE OF DETECTION: August 30, 2012
CURRENT SIZE: 4,707 acres
LOCATION: 7 miles WSW of Hamilton, Montana
AGENCY: Bitterroot National Forest
IMT: Greg Poncin’s Northern Rockies Incident Management Team
MORE PROGRESS FOR SAWTOOTH FIRE
TODAY’S ACTIVITY: Firefighters had another good day on the Sawtooth Fire today, with their efforts focused on structure protection along the eastern boundary of the fire, as well as fireline construction and air operations in an effort to keep the fire from expanding into Roaring Lion or to the north into Barley Creek. So far, the efforts have been successful, and a favorable weather forecast for the next 3-5 days should aid that effort.
Today was another smoke-filled day in the Bitterroot Valley, though the Incident Meteorologist is predicting a northwest wind that could clear some of the smoke out over the Hamilton area. However, the winds are not expected to adversely affect the fire suppression operation.
PERSONNEL AND RESOURCES ON THE FIRE: There are approximately 490 personnel assigned, including 11 crews, 31 engines, 10 water tenders, 3 dozers, and 5 helicopters.
PLANS FOR TONIGHT: There will be a night shift again this evening, with firefighters patrolling the eastern edge of the fire closest to structures. They will perform mop-up and patrol, ensuring firelines are secure and the threat to structures continues to be diminished.
EVACUATIONS & CLOSURES: Stage 1 and 2 Evacuations remain unchanged from yesterday.
For information on evacuations, contact the Ravalli County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at (406) 375-6650.
Sawtooth Creek Trail #123, Roaring Lion Trail 124, Ward Mountain Trail #208, and Canyon Creek Trail #525 are closed due to fire activity. Blodgett Campground is also closed.
A temporary flight restriction (TFR) is in place over the fire area in order to safeguard aerial fire operations.
For further information, go to www.inciweb.org
For updated weather, visit the NOAA website at http://www.noaa.gov/
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