Posted: Sep 4, 2012 11:19 PM by John Sherer
Updated: Sep 5, 2012 9:00 AM
Incident Commander, Tom Suwyn says the Millie fire, burning 20 miles south of Bozeman near Storm Castle and Cottonwood Canyon, says the blaze is now 15% contained. The fire is currently listed at 10,191 acres. Suwyn says crews made steady progress in the cooler temperatures on Tuesday constructing and reinforcing firelines on the west, north and south sides of the fire. Aircraft dropped water on hot spots, mostly in the afternoon hours in the Cottonwood Canyon area.
Firefighters hope to make similar progress each of the next few days because the current weather pattern is forecast to continue. Suwyn says, "We know it has been a long season for many of our firefighters and we appreciate that they are concentrating on working safely in extreme conditions to get this job done."
Another information meeting about the fire was held at Hope Lutheran Church just off South 19th Street in Bozeman. In a news release firefighters say, "The firefighting organization is most appreciative of the continuous outpouring of support from the community." The next meeting is set for Thursday, September 6th, also at Hope Lutheran Church.
Currently there are 522 people working on the Millie fire. That includes twelve crews, 23 engines, four helicopters, nine bulldozers and four water tenders.