Update: September 15, 2012 @ 8:00a.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
Firefighters will continue to keep fire from advancing to the south and continue to patrol and mop up the eastern edge of the fire. Plans today call for continued structure protection along the eastern edge of the fire. The smoke in the Bitterroot valley is coming from a series of fires in the region, including the Mustang fire to the south which was active yesterday.
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 TODAY: Firefighters will continue to work on the contingency lines south of Sawtooth Creek to Roaring Lion Creek. Helicopters will be available again today for bucket drops and aerial reconnaissance.
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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