Hay Creek Fire – updated Public Information Map for August 5

Here’s the latest Hay Creek Fire Public Information Map showing fire extent, closures and current evacuation zone boundaries . . .

[Updated at 11am to show the location of the containment line along Hay Creek Road.]

Hay Creek Fire Public Information Map, Aug 5, 2021 (updated)
Hay Creek Fire Public Information Map, Aug 5, 2021 (updated)

PDF version: https://nflandowners.org/nflawp/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Hay-Creek-Fire-Public-Information-Map-Aug-5-2021-updated.pdf

Hay Creek Fire – Incident Update for August 5

INCIDENT UPDATE

The Hay Creek Fire burned actively in dead and down fuels producing increasing smoke on Wednesday, but movement was minimal. A second heavy equipment task force arrived to help assist with operations in the Spruce Creek area. Structure protection personnel and a helitack crew completed structure wrapping of the Coal Ridge Cabin, a remote historic structure without road access. Crews are now staying in the new spike camps in the Home Ranch Bottoms/Cyclone area.

Montana FWP and Flathead National Forest staff install electric fence around possible bear attractants at the Hay Creek Fire Camp on August 4, 2021
Montana FWP and Flathead National Forest staff install electric fence around possible bear attractants at the Hay Creek Fire Camp on August 4, 2021

Today, crews will continue to secure and connect an avalanche slope on the west end of the fire with Hay Creek Road #376. Other personnel will scout areas north and south of the fire for additional contingency lines. Fuel reduction continues along the southern edge of the fire and on primary and contingency lines between the fire and private lands to the east and northeast. Fire personnel will continue to be in the community sharing information and planning for structure protection.

 Travelers need use extra caution in driving due to fire traffic and road construction in the area. Most of Montana is experiencing EXTREME fire danger; Stage 2 Fire Restrictions are in effect with campfires prohibited. Know Before You Go- Visit www.mtfireinfo.org for additional Montana fire restrictions.

 EVACUATIONS

Evacuation Warnings include all residences east and west of the North Fork Road from Home Ranch Bottoms north to and including Moose Creek Road and the community of Polebridge. Glacier National Park has issued an Evacuation Warning for the North Fork area of Glacier National Park north of Logging Creek. See details at https://go.usa.gov/xFjcA and Current Fire Information – Glacier National Park.

 CLOSURES

Road and trail closures are in place. See details at Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/7712/62192/.

 WEATHER AND AIR QUALITY Continue reading Hay Creek Fire – Incident Update for August 5

Radio operators needed for Hay Creek Fire!

August 1, 2021 Hay Creek Fire - USFS
August 1, 2021 Hay Creek Fire – USFS

Just received via email from Jack Wise, the Hay Creek Fire Fire team Liaison Officer…

I would like to reach out once again to our cooperators and stakeholders for a request for radio operators. We are looking for folks that know how to use a radio and would like to volunteer (possible pay) to assist us in our communications for the Hay Creek Fire at our Incident Base camp. For more information, please contact our Communications leader, Terry Brinson at 208 510-8331 (interopflorida@gmail.com).

Hay Creek Fire – Incident Update for August 4

INCIDENT UPDATE

There was minimal growth to the fire on Tuesday, as fire activity was tempered by cooler temperatures and higher humidity levels. Smoke continued to be produced on both the east and west sides of the fire, and an infrared scan detected heat around the entire fire perimeter. The Incident Management Team began establishing two spike camps for approximately 100 firefighters in the Home Ranch Bottoms area to reduce travel time to the fire, reducing fatigue and increasing efficiency in operations as crews anticipate future fire fighting needs to control this “sleeping giant.”

Crews will be flown to the Coal Ridge Cabin today to evaluate needs for structure protection and the possible use of structure wrap to protect the historic structure in the event it is reached by fire. Crews are establishing temporary stream crossings to allow fire fighting vehicles to continue to move west on Hay Creek Road #376.

Both hand crews and heavy equipment continue to expand and improve primary and contingency lines in the Spruce Creek and Red Meadow areas. The structure protection group continues to work with local agencies to develop the structure protection plan.

Please exercise caution when driving in the area due to fire fighting traffic and equipment. Most of Montana is experiencing EXTREME fire danger; Stage 2 Fire Restrictions are in effect. Know Before You Go- Visit www.mtfireinfo.org for Montana fire restrictions.

EVACUATIONS 

Evacuation Warnings include all residences east and west of the North Fork Road from Home Ranch Bottoms north to and including Moose Creek Road and the community of Polebridge. Glacier National Park has issued an Evacuation Warning for the North Fork area of Glacier National Park north of Logging Creek. See details at https://go.usa.gov/xFjcA and Current Fire Information – Glacier National Park.

CLOSURES 

Road and trail closures are in place. See details at Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/7712/62192/.

WEATHER AND AIR QUALITY

Continue reading Hay Creek Fire – Incident Update for August 4

Hay Creek Fire – Incident Update for August 3

INCIDENT UPDATE

Due to the recent precipitation, cloud cover, and cooler temperatures, growth on the Hay Creek Fire has been minimal. The last mapping flight took place on July 31, 2021, updated acreage is posted when available. A return to warmer and dryer conditions today and tomorrow will bring increased fire potential.

Firefighters continue to prep Hay Creek Road #376 and evaluate conditions for future tactical firing operations. Heavy equipment task forces continue their work widening and establishing roads and fuels breaks along primary and contingency lines west of the North Fork Road. Crews are strengthening contingency lines between private properties and the Flathead National Forest along Red Meadow Road. The structure protection group continues to finalize their structure protection plan; the group is assessing private properties and historic cabins in addition to preparing for various evacuation scenarios.

Exercise caution when driving in the area due to recent rainfall and the potential for downed trees due to wind. Most of Montana is experiencing EXTREME fire danger; Stage 2 Fire Restrictions are in effect. Know Before You Go- Visit www.mtfireinfo.org for Montana fire restrictions.

EVACUATIONS 

Evacuation Warnings include all residences east and west of the North Fork Road from Home Ranch Bottoms north to and including Moose Creek Road and the community of Polebridge. Glacier National Park has issued an Evacuation Warning for the North Fork area of Glacier National Park north of Logging Creek. See details at https://go.usa.gov/xFjcA and Current Fire Information – Glacier National Park.

CLOSURES 

Road and trail closures are in place. See details at Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/7712/62192/.

WEATHER AND AIR QUALITY

Hot and dry conditions return today. The chance for precipitation returns Thursday. For the most current fire weather forecast go to https://www.weather.gov/wrh/fire?wfo=mso. For smoke and air quality go to http://svc.mt.gov/deq/todaysair/. For current visibility in Glacier NP see https://www.nps.gov/glac/learn/photosmultimedia/webcams.htm.

INCIDENT BACKGROUND

The Hay Creek Fire was reported on the evening of July 21, 2021. It is burning in the North Fork area of the Flathead National Forest and is being managed under a full suppression strategy.

Public and firefighter safety is the number one priority. Additional priorities include minimizing impacts to private property, structures and critical infrastructure, and road corridors and natural resources. Due to high fire activity in our region and across the country, resources are limited and prioritized.

Hay Creek Fire – updated Public Information Map for August 3

Here’s the latest Hay Creek Fire Public Information Map showing fire extent, closures and current evacuation zone boundaries.

Note the black “containment” line along part of the southern boundary of the fire. Looks like they are making some progress . . .

Hay Creek Fire Public Information Map, Aug 3, 2021
Hay Creek Fire Public Information Map, Aug 3, 2021

PDF version: https://nflandowners.org/nflawp/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Hay-Creek-Fire-Public-Information-Map-Aug-3-2021.pdf