Posted: Aug 21, 2013 3:55 PM by MTN News
Wednesday, August 21st, 2013;
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The combined current size of the complex is over 11,007 acres and total containment is at five percent.
The Sheep Fire is at 562 acres, the North Eightmile Fire is 411 acres, the Horsetail Fire is at 142 acres and the Emigrant Fire is 9,892 acres.
The Sheep Fire is located in the Tom Miner Basin, the North Eightmile and Horsetail fires are along the Gallatin Crest and the Emigrant Fire is eight miles south of Emigrant.
Currently, 319 personnel are involved in managing the Miner Paradise Complex and additional resources have been requested.
Due to the Horsetail Fire, the gate will be closed at the East side of Hyalite Dam including Chisholm, and Hood Creek campgrounds and Palisades, Emerald Lake and Flanders Creek Trailheads which will be closed. Windowrock/Maxie Cabin is also closed.
Blackmore Day Use Area will remain open. Additional Trail closures will be implemented on Wednesday for the Emigrant Fire including the North Fork of Bear Creek #60, Knox Lake #64 and #279 Monitor Peak Trail on the Gardiner and Yellowstone R.D.'s
All four fires in this complex are lightning caused.
Closures and other information:
Tom Miner Basin Closure: on Tuesday a Closure Order in the Tom Miner Basin was implemented on National Forest System Lands affected by the Sheep Fire along the southern portion of the Tom Miner Basin which includes the Tom Miner Campground.
North Eightmile Fire:
Area closure - East Fork Hyalite - East Fork of Hyalite closed including Palisade Falls Trailhead and picnic area, Emerald Lake Trailhead and Flanders Creek drainage.
Currently the largest fire in the complex at 9892 acres.
Closures and other information:
The Emigrant Fire Closure will expand to include National Forest System lands along the western boundary, north to Chico area in section 13, 17 and 18, running along the east Chico Peak to Monitor Peak and south to the over to Dome Mountain WMA. The Monitor Peak Trail #61, Trail #62 to Knox and Fish Lakes along with Trail #33 bumping into Trail #60 to Monitor Peak from the South.
Southern Expansion of Closure: Additional Trail closures will be implemented on Wednesday for the Emigrant Fire including the North Fork of Bear Creek #60, Knox Lake #64 and #279 Monitor Peak Connector Trail on the Gardiner and Yellowstone R.D.'s
The Forest Service portion of Sixmile Creek Road from its junction with the Dailey Lake Road will be closed until further notice.
The Sixmile Creek Trail (#61) and North Fork of Sixmile Creek Trail (#606) will be closed to their junction with Trail #601 north of Monitor Peak. Connector Trail #601 will remain open.
People traveling near the Emigrant Fire Helibase are urged to be cautious of fire personnel and the helicopter operating near Conlin Road.
On Wednesday, temperatures are expected to be a bit lower than Tuesday's with high temperatures into the low 80's with relative humidity between 18-25 percent.
A disturbance will come in today creating possible thunder-cells early afternoon around 1 or 2 p.m.
Winds will be between 5-10 mph with a new southerly flow on the ridge-tops. Due to the incoming weather system winds will likely be erratic and switching from both the north and the south. Wind gusts around the developing thunder-cells could be gusts to 40 mph.
In the valley, a northerly component of strong up-valley flow will mix with up canyon flows; fire behavior will be monitored closely against this incoming weather event.