DAILY INFORMATION FACT SHEET
Date: September 13, 2012
Time: 8:00 PM
Incident: Sawtooth Wildland Fire
Information Phone: 406-363-3556
7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Location: Sawtooth Fire is about 3-4 miles west of downtown Hamilton, MT
Approximate Size: 4,625 acres estimated
Containment : 25%
Incident Commander: Tom Heintz, Northern Rockies Type-II Incident Management Team
Resources: Hand Crews: (5 Type I crews; (6) Type II crews
Equipment: (30) Engines, (5) Dozers, (11) Water Tenders
Air Support: Helicopters; (2) Type 1 ;( 1) Type 2 :(2) Type 3
Total personnel: 391
Cost to Date: $3,100,000
Fire Update: Due to fire activity and the National Weather Service forecast for critical fire weather, the Incident Commander, Tom Heintz, has conferred with Ravalli County Law Enforcement and Fire Officials and recommended the expansion of Stage 1 Evacuation Notice. The description of the expanded evacuation area is: “all residents east of the intersection of Blodgett Camp Road and Canyon Creek Road to West Hills Way, including all roads that intersect West Hills Way and north to Blodgett Creek. This includes all homes on Hilltop Drive, Tawny View and all other roads intersecting West Hills Way. Also included are the homes west of the intersection of Blodgett View Drive and Black Forest Drive, and the homes west of the intersection of Elk Ridge Road and Conifer Trail.” It is important to realize that there is still a threat to the area west of Hamilton.
In anticipation of tomorrow’s red flag day conditions, crews spent the day reinforcing contingency lines, mopping up on the eastern edge of the fire and constructing dozer fire lines.
The red flag warning for gusty winds and low relative humidity is in effect from noon until midnight tomorrow. Greg Poncin’s Type 1 Incident Management Team will assume management of the fire at 6:00 a.m. tomorrow. The information trailer on Highway 93 at Roaring Lion Road will be staffed as needed each day while this fire is active.
Closures: Sawtooth Creek Trail #123, Roaring Lion Trail #124, Ward Mountain Trail #208, and Canyon Creek Trail #525, and Blodgett camp ground are closed due to fire activity.
Special Concerns: Stage 1 Fire Restrictions remain in effect for this area. Information on fire restrictions can be found at http://firerestrictions.us/mt/.
More Information: Visit Inciweb at www.inciweb.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call fire information 406-363-3556. Ravalli County EOC has established a recorded phone line with current evacuation information at 406-375-6650.