Update: September 16, 2012 @ 7:00 a.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
STAGE 2 EVACUATIONS REDUCED TO STAGE 1
Returning homeowners asked to be vigilant; prepared to leave again if necessary
The Sawtooth Fire and the Mustang Fire have not burned together. Yesterday, officials on the Mustang Fire reported that the fire had burned into the Hamilton Fire, and some have interpreted that to mean the fire near Hamilton (i.e. the Sawtooth Fire). However, “Hamilton” is the name of another fire in the southern Bitterroot Valley. The geographically referenced name caused the confusion.
TODAY’S ACTIVITY: Firefighters continue to focus on structure protection along the eastern boundary of the fire, as well as fireline construction and air operations along northern and southern edges in an effort to keep the fire from expanding into south 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.
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.
EVACUATIONS & CLOSURES: Incident Commanders and Ravalli County Sheriff Chris Hoffman have made the decision to lift the Stage 2 Evacuation Notice for residents near the Sawtooth Fire. Areas previously under a Stage 2 Evacuation Notice will be under Stage 1 Evacuation Notice effective at 8:00am this morning.
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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