July 24, 2019, 10:30 a.m. Contact: Leona Rodreick (406) 683-3984 (w), (406) 660-2347 (c)
Detected: July 23, 2019, 2:40 p.m.
Current Size: 151 Acres
Resources on Fire: Approximately 60 personnel including: 3 Engines; 2 Helicopters; Helena Hotshots and one 8 Person hand crew, a type 2 Initial Attack Crew is on order
Responding Agencies: MT DNRC, BLM, Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, and Local Volunteer Fire Departments
Location: Approximately one mile south of Bannack
Firefighters continue to work on a lightning caused fire located south of the historic town of Bannack. The lighting caused fire is burning in grass, sagebrush and timber. Today, firefighters are working to establish a containment line along the northern edge to keep the fire from advancing. Crews will also be monitoring and mopping up hot spots within the perimeter of the fire.
The Lima Volunteer Fire Department has contained a small fire south of Clark Canyon Reservoir near the Bible Camp.
Two fires were found in the Cabin Creek area southeast of Dillon in the Blacktail area. One fire was 1/10 of an acre and has been contained. The other fire was one acre. Crews will continue to work to contain and control these two small fires today.
Weather: A cold front will be pushing through the region today causing temperatures to cool around 10 degrees compared to yesterday. A few showers will move over northwest Montana this morning. The biggest concern about the front will be the gusty westerly winds. A low amplitude ridge builds over the region for Thursday and Friday causing a warming trend. Then another dry cold front is expected on Saturday.
Prevention: As conditions continue to warm and fuels dry, people are reminded to be careful with all fires; be sure to extinguish campfires completely and to keep motorized vehicles on roads and trails.