Rock Creek Fire Update Monday
All good as we move into Monday morning here in Craig Montana. Light smoke yesterday with high winds early evening tapering off into the 9pm hour. Looks like 80% containment as of last night. Hope to get this one mopped up shortly.
Guide trips out this morning early. Fishing pretty good in the morning with the fishing waning throughout the afternoon. Most are finishing up before the witching hour or 2pm. Some are focussing on improving the reach cast, swimming, learning about entomology and such as the water warms. No harm in learning a bit about casting, the river, trout behavior etc.
Give us a call anytime if you need an up to the minute fishing report, fire conditions, hatch info, and of course shuttles and the like. Open daily 530 am.
Sunday @ 7:00pm – The fire stayed within the fireline that was built Saturday night. The fire is 3,420 acres, with no new growth to the fire. The fire size increased due to a more detailed mapping mission that was conducted today. Firefighters had a good day today. They worked the fire’s perimeter to ensure it is secure and free of hot spots, minimal smoke can be seen in the fire area. Two helicopters aided on-the-ground crews with approximately 30 water drops to the southeast area of the fire. Resources on the fire today include: 14 engines, 3 water tenders; 2 road graders; 1 dozer and 2 helicopters. Zero injuries and zero structures burned.
Sunday @ 12:30pm – Firefighters worked thru the night building fireline around the fire. There currently is fireline around the entire fire’s perimeter. The fire is primarily burning on private land in grass and timber. The goal for firefighters today is to safely keep the fire inside the existing fireline. Crews will do this by improving and securing the fireline. Firefighters will keep a heads up as the weather is forecasted to be hot and windy which causes extreme fire behavior.
Sunday @ 8:00am – The Lewis and Clark Sheriff’s Office lifted all evacuation notices.
The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC), together with partners from the Helena Lewis and Clark National Forest, MT Dept. of Transportation, MT Highway patrol, Lewis and Clark County Sheriff’s Office, Lewis and Clark County, and many local volunteer fire departments are working safely suppress the Rock Creek Fire. The fire is located approximately 40 miles north of Helena, MT near Mile Marker 1 on Highway 287.
DNRC is managing the Rock Creek Fire and is implementing full suppression tactics to reduce the fire threat as quickly and ass safely as possible while protecting values at risk such as infrastructure, private property, and natural resources.