Posted: Jul 28, 2013 10:11 PM by Meteorologist Mike Heard
Updated: Jul 28, 2013 10:26 PM
PHILIPSBURG - A cold front that moved through the area resulted in a spot fire that grew to several hundred acres east of the main fire. The location and potential spread of this spot fire prompted the Sheriff to issue the evacuation order for the area south of the junction of Forest Service Road 5130 and the Middle Fork Road. At noon today, winds from the southwest caused significant fire growth along Lone Pine Ridge and towards Senate Creek.
As conditons allowed, crews continued handline construction on the northwest and southwest flanks of the fire. Aircraft provided critical support for suppresion efforts with both water and retardent drops.
The structure protection group initiated structure protection measures in the affected communities. An evacuation shelter has been established at Phillipsburg High School for displaced residents.
419 firefighters are on the fire and other resources include 8 crews, 5 helicopters, 9 engines, 3 water tenders and support personnel.
Crews will strengthen the fireline on the northwest and southwest flanks of the main fire. As conditions allow, heavy equipment will improve access to the southeastern section of the fire to faciliate safe access for the crews. The structure protection group will continue their efforts. The weather forecast for tomorrow calls for variable winds that could cause increased fire growth.
Fire behavior showed significant crown runs today and additional acreage is expected to burn into the night.
Evacuations are in place for some residents. The Granite County Sheriff's Office is in charge of all evacuations. People who are displaced may call the Department of Emergency Services at (406-560-1462). The fire area is closed to hiking and camping per Forest order No. 2013-D8-027. The following trails are closed: 8109, 8020, 8162, 8019 and 8161.