Posted: Aug 22, 2013 4:40 PM by Jamie Leary - MTN News
Updated: Aug 22, 2013 4:46 PM
With all the fire activity in the Northern Rockies and the urgency placed on the Lolo Creek Fire, crews on the Paradise complex have been stretched thin.
There are currently 368 personnel on the fire and officials said they don't expect any more to arrive.
They are making contingency plans with only the resources they have and are focusing efforts on the Sheep Creek and the Emigrant fires.
While activity has been light today, firefighters said they are feeling the effects of the limited resources.
The Operations Chief for the Northern Rockies, Steve Cristman, is especially concerned with the firefighters who will be headed back to school.
"We have 4 fires, about 10 thousand acres and we've only got 10 crews. I think we've got probably about 15 engines and a couple dozers and that's just because there isn't anything available to send to us. So when those folks go back to school, that's a big part of our workforce," Cristman said.
Since the Miner Paradise Complex was formed, the cost totals approximately 1.4 million dollars. The total cost since the Emigrant fire started is $2.4 million.
The current size is 11,333 acres with total containment at five percent.
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