Posted: Aug 18, 2013 5:18 PM by KBZK News
Updated: Aug 18, 2013 5:26 PM
UPDATE: Sunday, August 18th, 2013]
An update from the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest Service indicates the Eureka Fire has now grown from its previous 3,500 acres to 4,222 acres and is 10 percent contained. Three Type 1 crews and one Type 2 crew are among the 243 personnel handling the fire.
The Eureka Fire now costs a whopping $1,000,000. The absence of cloud cover is impacting the fire's behavior, according to officials.
[Photo courtesy Carin Karoline]
The Eureka Fire, 38 air miles south of Ennis continued to be active through Friday night, according to officials with the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest Service.
As of 7:00 a.m. on Saturday, the fire had burned 3,900 acres and was five percent contained. It grew mainly to the north beyond the head of Perkins Creek while the southern edge of the fire is on the north side of Fox Creek.
Officials predict warm, dry and unstable conditions will continue with no chance of rain. Southwest winds with gusts up to 15 miles per hour will develop in the afternoon and evening on Saturday.
Additional resources have been called out to the fire but the competition for resources is now coming into the picture with 11 new fires being reported in the Northern Rockies area on Friday. Numerous large fires are also burning in the Eastern Great Basin.
Closures include the road from Elk Lake to Hidden Lake as well as trails 6019 and 6035 to Hidden Lake.
The Gravelly Mountain Range Road is closed from its junction with the Ruby River Road to its junction with the Standard Creek Road.
For the safety of the public and firefighters, officials are considering additional closures. These are still being contemplated and may change based on the fire activity.
A public meeting is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on Saturday at the West Fork Camp about 30 miles South of Ennis on Highway 287.