Posted: Aug 15, 2013 11:14 PM by MTN News
Updated: Aug 15, 2013 11:26 PM
UPDATE: August 15th, 2013
According to new information coming in, the Eureka Fire that was discovered on Monday, August 12th, is now estimated to be 1500 acres as of 5 p.m. on Thursday.
The new Incident Command post will now be located at the Lyons Work Center, about 33 miles south of Ennis, on Highway 287.
The West Fork Cabin, which was a priority for firefighters right from the beginning, is said to be secure despite the active fire.
Among the 289 personnel assigned to the fire are four helicopters, 13 engines, six hand crews, one dozer and camp crew each and 62 overheads.
The lightning caused fire is still at zero percent containment.
For more information and to know which roads are closed, visit: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3637/
Lightning is reported to have caused the Eureka Fire approximately 40 miles southwest of Ennis, MT, in the southern Gravelly Mountains.
Discovered on Monday, August 12, the fire is burning on steep terrain and is moving towards the north and east. Firefighters are carefully managing the fire as it burns through dead and decadent white-bark pine. It is currently spread over 200 acres and is at zero percent containment.
Crews are trying to protect the Forest Service West Fork Cabin and are closing some roads in the area. Forest visitors are being asked to watch for fire vehicles and to obey any road closures.
For more information on the Eureka Fire, click here.