Update: September 14, 2012 @ 7:00p.m.
Contact: Fire Information 406-363-3556
Phones: Paula Short 406-370-5334
FIRE NAME: Sawtooth
DATE OF DETECTION: August 30, 2012
CURRENT SIZE: 4,725 acres
LOCATION: 7 miles WSW of Hamilton, Montana
AGENCY: Bitterroot National Forest
IMT: Greg Poncin’s Northern Rockies Incident Management Team
MINIMAL GROWTH FOR SAWTOOTH FIRE
TODAY’S ACTIVITY: Much of the extreme fire weather forecast over the Sawtooth Fire failed to materialize today, as activity was capped by the smoke inversion, which hung over the area for most of the day. Around 2:00p.m., fire activity began to pick up, with some single tree torching. However, helicopters dropping buckets of water on these hot spots kept them in check, along with most of the fire perimeter. Helicopters delivered 123,000 gallons of water over the fire today. The Sawtooth Fire grew about 100 acres today.
PERSONNEL AND RESOURCES ON THE FIRE: There are approximately 510 personnel assigned, including 13 crews, 37 engines, 11 water tenders, 5 dozers, and 5 helicopters.
PLANS FOR NIGHT OPERATIONS: Firefighters will continue to do structure protection and patrol the fire eastern flank tonight.
PLANS FOR SATURDAY: Firefighters will continue to work on the contingency lines south of Sawtooth Creek to Roaring Lion Creek.
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.
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