ST LOUIS (LALATE) – The Gold Creek Fire Map 2013 grew overnight as the wildfire near Missoula, Montana spread. The blaze is still seventeen miles northeast of town, Incident Commander Stan Benes tell news in the latest update today July 17, 2013.
The Gold Creek Fire Map 2013 grew to one hundred sixty acres near Missoula, Montana last night. The fire which began on July 15 remains at zero percent containment. In a news briefing this morning, Benes indicated that he will now oversea a Type II Incident Management Team handling the fire fight.
The fire is being fueled by timber. Most resources have been focused on an aerial attack due to difficult terrain. Benes reports that “Today incoming fire personnel will access the fire establishing safety zones, anchor points”.
The fire being fought with two air attacks, aided by one type 3 helicopter. Three additional helicopters are en route to the scene along with four handcrews.
No structures are threatened. Officials add “Crews will access the fire establishing safety zones, anchor points and cutting hazardous trees to begin direct suppression of the fire where possible.” Additionally the focus will include today the northeastern section of the blaze. “The northeastern flank of the fire is spotty and crews will work to establish anchor points. One Fire Use Module will conduct structure protection on the Gold Creek Cabin. Spike Camps are being considered due to the remote nature of this fire.” For the latest fire map and updates click HERE.