UPDATED HOT TOPIC: Indian Creek fire in Sheridan

Update:

 Thanks to high relative humidity during the night firefighters have been able to get the upper hand on the Indian Creek fire. Due to more accurate mapping the fire is now 112 acres.  The order for a Type 2 Incident Management Team (IMT) has been cancelled.  The fire is burning in grass, brush and timber, and is moving towards the north and east.  Local volunteer fire departments are providing structure protection.The Indian Creek fire was first reported on Thursday, August 8 around 7:45 p.m.  The fire is burning approximately five miles northeast of Sheridan, MT in the Indian Creek area.  The fire is estimated to be 150 acres and is growing in size. 

The following information was released this morning from

Leona Rodreick

Public Affairs Officer

Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest

 

 

Dillon Interagency Dispatch Center

Covering the following counties: Cooperating Agencies:
Beaverhead USDI Bureau of Land Management
Jefferson (southern part) Montana Dept. of Natural Resources & Conservation
Madison Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks
Silver Bow National Park Service
Powell (southern part) U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Deer Lodge U.S. Bureau of Reclamation
Granite Beaverhead County, Madison County
USDA Forest Service

Wildland Fire Fact Sheet

For Immediate Release                                                                         Contact: Leona Rodreick

August 9, 2013     11  a.m.                                                                     Office: (406) 683-3984

Cell Phone: (406) 660-2347

 

Indian Creek Fire

Detected: August 8, 2013

Cause: Lightning

Location: 5 miles NE of Sheridan, MT

Jurisdiction:  Beaverhead-Deerlodge NF, BLM, MT DNRC, Madison County, Madison County Sheriff

Size: 112 acres

Containment: 0%

Resources:

·         8 Engines

·         Misc. Overhead

·         1 Type 3 Helicopter

·         6 Smokejumpers

·         5 Handcrews

 

Summary:  Thanks to high relative humidity during the night firefighters have been able to get the upper hand on the Indian Creek fire. Due to more accurate mapping the fire is now 112 acres.  The order for a Type 2 Incident Management Team (IMT) has been cancelled.  The fire is burning in grass, brush and timber, and is moving towards the north and east.  Local volunteer fire departments are providing structure protection.

The plan for today is to continue to receive incoming firefighting resources and place them in strategic locations with the intent to continue to build fireline and to contain the fire as quickly as possible.  People are being advised to limit their travel on Wisconsin Creek and Indian Creek roads due to high fire traffic activity and firefighting equipment on the roads..

 

With the current dry weather conditions, officials are advising people to be cautious with fire when recreating outdoors.  Make sure your fire is completely out. Stay on designated roads and trails with your vehicles, and extinguish cigarettes completely.  Homeowners and property owners are also advised to ensure their home and property is defensible, for more information go online to: http://www.firewise.org/

 

For more information about the Indian Creek Fire go online to www.inciweb.nwcg.gov.

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