10 Aug 2008, 11:58am
Montana
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Deep Draw Fire

Location: 6 miles W of Elmo, Flathead Lake, Lake Co., MT

Specific Location: Deep Draw, S of Hwy 28, Lat 47° 49´ 0″ Lon 114° 31´ 35″

Date of Origin: 08/08/08
Cause: Lightning

Situation as of 08/17/08 5:00 PM
Total Personnel: 231
Size: Size: 2,022 acres
Percent Contained: 100%

Costs to Date: $3,625,032

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Situation as of 08/16/08 4:30 PM
Total Personnel: 296
Size: Size: 2,022 acres
Percent Contained: 90%

Costs to Date: $3,290,388

Crews made good use of palm IR to identify hotspots and mop up along A/C break, continued opening up access roads, and patrolling Sullivan Creek.

Minimal fire behavior observed todaay. Smoldering, creeping, and heavies burning in Divisions A,B,C. Very few smokes reported on Div Z. [We no longer clean up the copy coming from the East Basin CC professional Information staff. Why leave the impression that they can write in correct English when they can't? - Ed]

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Situation as of 08/15/08 4:30 PM
Total Personnel: 458
Size: Size: 2,022 acres
Percent Contained: 75%

Costs to Date: $2,682,352

Crews made good progress on containing and mopping up spot fires above Pablo Ranch. Crews monitored fire backing down towards the line and as needed burnout to strengthen control line. Div C is contained except on the west end in the timber. Crews continued opening existing roads for the contingency line in and along the west rim of Deep Draw. Crews and equipment continued to clear roads for the East rim of Deep Draw contingency line.

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Situation as of 08/14/08 4:30 PM
Total Personnel: 456
Size: Size: 1,763 acres
Percent Contained: 70%

Costs to Date: $2,320,127

Public meeting was held at 19:00 on Wednesday evening at the Elmo Community Center, 60 people from the area participated.

Large daily cost increases are due to the inclusion of previous days’ aircraft and IA equipment being entered into ISUITE today.

Night shift continued burnout operations on the E flank towards Pablo Ranch and the control lines from Pablo Ranch W to the ridge top. Crews continued the operation on the day shift with the assistance of air support. Structure protection still in place at the Pablo Ranch. Crews continued opening existing roads for the contingency line in and along the W rim of Deep Draw. Crews and equipment continued to clear roads for the E rim of Deep Draw contingency line.

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Situation as of 08/13/08 4:30 PM
Total Personnel: 406
Size: Size: 1,726 acres
Percent Contained: 65%

Costs to Date: $1,438,800

Public meeting was held at the Elmo Community Center.

Active behavior with moderate upslope runs with single and group torching and short range spotting. Fire has spotted into Deep Draw.

Planned Actions: Monitor and develop plan for fire in Deep Draw and continue with air support to hold fire to upper part of the ridge in Deep Draw to give crews and equipment time to construct lines. Continue contingency line construction tieing into old logging roads.

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Situation as of 08/12/08 4:00 PM
Total Personnel: 342
Size: Size: 1,449 acres
Percent Contained: 5%

Costs to Date: $805,431

Overnight the fire began to back down into Deep Draw. Overhead and crews scouted contingency line location and began construction from mouth of Deep Draw to ridge top on the east. Air support with heavy tankers, CL215, and helicopters dropped water throughout the day to hold fire to the ridge. Crews and Equipment continued to construct line on DIV C to C/A break. Div B patrolled and suppressed spot fires from falling embers. Div Z (Deep Draw II) began clearing overgrown logging roads to provide safer access east side of Deep Draw.

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Situation as of 08/11/08 5:45 PM
Total Personnel: 218
Size: Size: 1,050 acres
Percent Contained: 5%

Costs to Date: $200,000

Two fires, Deep Draw I (1,000 acs) and Deep Draw II (50 acs, contained). Structure protection in place at the Pablo Ranch in Deep Draw canyon. Fire breached E flank containment lines in late afternoon.

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Situation as of 08/10/08 7:30 PM
Total Personnel: 58 (not updated and certainly in error)
Size: Size: 600 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Active direct attack. Engines, air resources employed.

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Situation as of 08/09/08 11:30 PM
Total Personnel: 58
Size: Size: 400 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

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