The Billings Outpost

Rock Creek fire update

As of Saturday morning:

Current Size:   900 acres

Containment:  20%                                                    Structures Threatened:  545


Status:  The fire is burning in sage and timber in steep terrain. The fire is located 5 miles south of Red Lodge.  There are private residences and commercial businesses in the valley bottom.  U.S. Highway 212 is open to all traffic with 35 mph speed limit through the fire area.  There are no evacuations in effect at this time.


Yesterday’s Activities:  Pockets of fuel burned within the fire perimeter. Helicopter bucket drops took place throughout the day to cool hot spots. The structure group continued patrolling for spot fires along U.S. Highway 212, and crews continued mop-up along the south flank of the fire. Hand and dozer lines were extended along the north flank. Preventative contingency hand lines were begun in the West Fork of Rock Creek.


Current Resources:  Five 20-person crews, twelve engines, two pieces of heavy equipment, two water tenders, and two helicopters.  Total personnel:  216.


Today’s Activities: Temperatures today will be 70-75 degrees with relative humidity 30-35% and northwest winds of 5-20 mph.  The fire is expected to behave very similarly to yesterday with shifting winds and flare-ups.  Hand crews will continue to scout and build hand lines on the southern and northern portions of the fire. Structure protection will continue along U.S. Highway 212.


Restrictions/Closures: A Custer National Forest area closure is in effect and includes closure of Trail #102 Silver Run, #64 Ingles Creek Trail, and #8 Beartrack Trail.  A temporary flight restriction (TFR) is in effect surrounding the Rock Creek Fire area. Stage 1 fire restrictions are in place for the Beartooth Ranger District.


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