The Billings Outpost

Rock Creek fire: Sunday update

Shawn Pearson's Northern Rockies Type 2 Incident Management Team will host a public meeting at the Red Lodge County Fairgrounds (Incident Command Post) at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26. The meeting will provide the community with an update on the status of the Rock Creek Fire as well as a question and answer session.

Current Size:   900 acres

Containment:  25%                                                    Structures Threatened:  545

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

Yesterday’s Activities:  Fire behavior yesterday was mild due to cloud cover in the morning.  Firefighter progress included hand and dozer line construction and structure protection.  Crews reinforced hand line along the south flank of the fire.  Bucket drops focused on extinguishing hot spots along the northwest flank of the fire.  Crews continued handline construction behind homes in the West Fork of Rock Creek as a contingency action. 

Current Resources:  Five 20-person crews, twenty engines, one piece of heavy equipment, two water tenders, and four helicopters.  Total personnel:  234.

Today’s Activities: Higher temperatures and winds will lead to increased fire activity today including smoldering and torching within the fire’s perimeter and increased smoke.  Crews will continue to construct handline along the southwest and northwest flanks of the fire with assistance from air support.  Structure protection and indirect fireline work will continue behind homes in the West Fork of Rock Creek.

Restrictions/Closures: A Custer National Forest area closure is in effect and includes closure of Silver Run Trail #102, Ingles Creek Trail #64, and Beartrack Trail #8.  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.

For further information, visit: www.inciweb.org; Select “Rock Creek Fire” in Montana.

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