ST LOUIS (LALATE) – The Montana Fire Map 2013 today updated nearly a half dozen fires. The Arizona Fire Map and Colorado Fire Map had no major changes today August 22, 2013 by officials. But in Montana, the situation is different. Along with the growing Miner Paradise Complex Fire, several other fires are growing today. The Snow Creek, Lake Complex, Lolo Creek Complex, Gold Pan Complex, Rock Creek, Eureka and Red Shale Fires are still active and spreading in Montana, reps tell news today.
The Montana Fire Map 2013 prompted an update from Red Shale Fire officials today. The fire is now at eleven thousand acres. Officials report that “Evaluation and mitigation of potential risks to the public, fire personnel, and resources remains as the top priority. Heavy downfall, abundant hazardous snags and dense young lodgepole pine stands dominate the area.”
The Eureka Fire is still burning thirty-eight miles southwest of Ennis, Montana. Incident Commander Tom Heintz reports that the fire is only at twenty-five percent containment. “The Madison County Commissioners issued a Wildfire Emergency Declaration yesterday, which authorizes the sheriff to issue evacuation alerts or warnings and order the evacuation of residents if they’re threatened by wildfires. The Madison Valley Volunteer Fire and Rescue is continuing to work in their areas should this fire threaten this community.”
The Rock Creek Fire is now at eight hundred acres, officials tell news. But a meeting is set for tonight. “Tonight there will be a public meeting at the Veteran’s Memorial Civic Center on South Villard Ave. in Red Lodge at 7 pm. The team will provide information and answer any questions.” The Gold Pan Complex will prompt meeting on Saturday in turn. That fire is currently thirty-five miles form Conner, having burned thirty thousand acres. Reps tells news “There will be a public meeting on Saturday, August 24th at 2:00 at the West Fork Ranger District. For more information, call 406-349-0163.”
The Lolo Creek Complex Fire has reached eight thousand acres, reports Commander Greg Poncin. “There is currently a protection warning that has been issued by the Missoula County Sheriffs Office for the LOLO area.” The Lake Complex Fire is at fie thousand acres and is spreading with two active fires. The Snow Creek Fire remains nineteen miles southeast of Swan Lake, reports Commander Flint. The fire has burned seventy-nine acres.
And the Miner Paradise Complex is now at eleven thousand acres but only five percent contained. “Pre-evacuation notices have been issued in the Tom Miner basin. Area and road closures in place.” For respective fires and their maps in the state click HERE. For continuing coverage click HERE.