Monday, September 24, 2012 9:00 AM
Location: 7 miles west southwest of Hamilton, Montana
Current size: 5,962 acres Containment: 45%
Incident Commander: Roy Hall, Northern Rockies Type-II Wildfire Management Team
Resources: Air Support: (2) Type 1 helicopter, (1) Type 2 helicopter, (1) Type 3 helicopter
Total personnel: 46
Stage 1 Evacuation Lifted Today at 4:00 p.m.
Sawtooth Fire Management, local Fire Cooperators and U. S. Forest Service officials made the decision to lift Stage 1 evacuations today based on cooler weather, increased cloud cover and higher relative humidity. The Team and the Forest would like to thank everyone for their cooperation and patience during the evacuations.
Fire behavior and weather are being closely monitored by fire officals, and suppression efforts continue to cool remaining hot spots in the Sawtooth Canyon area.
Smoke continues to settle into the Bitterroot valley from millions of acres on fire in Idaho and Washington. The air quality remains very unhealthy in the Bitterroot Valley. Residents with smoke affected illness have been advised to stay indoors or temporary move to unaffected areas until a wetting rain clears smoke from the Valley. Forecast models show continued stagnant, dry air patterns for the upcoming week in Western Montana.
Fire Activity: Isolated pockets of smoldering fire, with sporadic single tree torching was observed yesterday on the west side within the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness.
Management Actions: Continue to mop-up, patrol, and monitor all fire lines. Continue bucket work on pre-identified priorities through Infra-Red technology. Continue rehabilitation of dozer and firelines within fire perimeter.
Evacuations and Closures: Creek Trail #123, Roaring Lion Trail #124, and Canyon Creek Trail #525 are closed due to fire activity.
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