July 16, 2021 - 8:30 a.m.
Size: 4,916 (infrared flight)
Percent Completion: 10%
• Total personnel: 261
• Engines: 13
• Hand crews: 3 type 1 hot shot crews, 1 type 2 initial attack crew and 2 type 2 crews
Crews will "mop-up" areas of residual heat following the burnout along
the northeastern edge of the fire, securing that portion of the line. Crews
are scouting areas to extend existing handline west into Jackpine Road and
will begin work to connect constructed line between Jackpine Road and
the Meridian Creek area into the West Fork UTV trail. On the
southwestern flank, crews will work to keep the fire north of Trail #8388
by removing pockets of unburned fuel with isolated burning operations
and mopping up hotspots. Three additional crews arrived to the incident
yesterday evening and will join forces on the ground this morning.
Engine crews are patrolling and monitoring around structures and along
the constructed lines, completing small burnout operations as needed to
hold and secure the line and keep pace with the fire's movement.
With the clearer skies, helicopters will be available to assist ground crews
with bucket drops and with monitoring fire progression.
WEATHER AND FIRE BEHAVIOR:
Gusty winds predicted with yesterday's warning did not materialize;
however, a thunderstorm, with gusty outflow winds, passed over the fire
in the evening hours.
Smoke should move out of the area today. Sunnier skies and higher
temperatures will begin a drying trend expected to last through the
weekend. Temperatures could reach 85 degrees in the fire area. Relative
humidity is expected to dip down to around 12%. Winds are forecast to be
8-15 mph from the southwest. There is a slight chance for afternoon
The drier, warmer conditions are expected to bring more active fire
behavior than we saw yesterday, with short crown runs, group torching,
and short-range spotting in areas with heavy concentrations of fuels.
The Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest announced extended area
closures to include the Antelope Prong boat launch and the Wade Lake,
Hilltop, and Cliff Point campgrounds. Refunds for reservations will be
processed by recreation.gov. The current closure boundary is likely to
expand, given recent fire movement. Official closure information can be
STAGE 1 FIRE RESTRICTIONS:
The Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest is in Stage 1 Fire Restrictions.
Campfires and stove fires (including charcoal barbecues and grills) are
prohibited in the area unless using permanent fire pits or fire grates within
developed recreation sites. Smoking, unless in a vehicle, a building, or an
area 3 feet in diameter cleared of vegetation, is also restricted.