HAPPENING NOW: Rock Creek Fire at 20 percent containment

Gov. Bullock visits site

Photo by Alastair Baker

Fire fighters tent city at

the Rodeo grounds overlooked

by the Rock Creek Fire  in the distance

Rock Creek Fire, south of Red Lodge, is being held at 900 acres with 20 percent containment. 145 structures are now threatened. Montana Gov. Steve Bullock visited the scene of the fire on Friday. For more on this story please see Carbon County News this Thursday. The fire is burning in sage and timber in steep terrain. U.S. Highway 212 is open to all traffic with 35 mph speed limit through the fire area. There are no evacuations in effect at this time. Yesterday, pockets of fuel burned within the fire perimeter. Helicopter bucket drops took place throughout the day to cool hot spots. The structure group continued patrolling for spot fires along U.S. Highway 212, and crews continued mop-up along the south flank of the fire. Hand and dozer lines were extended along the north flank. Preventative contingency hand lines were begun in the West Fork of Rock Creek. Current resources include five 20-person crews, twelve engines, two pieces of heavy equipment, two water tenders, and two helicopters. Total personnel: 216. Temperatures today will be 70-75 degrees with relative humidity 30-35% and northwest winds of 5-20 mph. The fire is expected to behave very similarly to yesterday with shifting winds and flare-ups. Hand crews will continue to scout and build hand lines on the southern and northern portions of the fire. Structure protection will continue along U.S. Highway 212. A Custer National Forest area closure is in effect and includes closure of Trail #102 Silver Run, #64 Ingles Creek Trail, and #8 Beartrack Trail. A temporary flight restriction (TFR) is in effect surrounding the Rock Creek Fire area. Stage 1 fire restrictions are in place for the Beartooth Ranger District. For further information, visit: www.inciweb.org; Select “Rock Creek Fire” in Montana.