Saturday’s Fire Updates – Millie Fire, 19 Mile Fire
The Millie fire is at 9500 acres, and officials have set a containment date of Thursday, November 1st.
Crews will continue to anchor and flank the east and west end. They will check fire spread, using air support to keep fire out of northeast drainages.
Another Fire Information Meeting will be held at 6:00p.m. this evening at Hope Lutheran Church, 2152 W. Graf St., in Bozeman.
Millie Fire Closures
· Closed at the Forest Boundary
Hyalite Canyon (including all cabins and campgrounds)
South Cottonwood Canyon (including Fox Creek cabin)
Little Bear (including Little Bear cabin)
Storm Castle Road/Canyon closed at Shenango Bridge (including Spire Rock campground and Garnet Mt Lookout)
Swan Creek Rd. above Swan Creek Campground
Moose Creek Rd. closed above/north of Tamphrey Rd. split
· Open to the Public at this time:
Hwy 191 campgrounds, including
·Greek Creek CG
·Swan Creek CG
·Moose Ck Flats CG
Bozeman Creek Trail including Mystic Lake Cabin
The 19 Mile fire is at 4141 acres, and 25% contained. Crews are still mainly working on structure protection.
Sufficient fireline has been constructed to allow some crews to move into mop-up mode. Work on the northern perimeter of the fire was limited by difficult terrain and limited access The fire continued to burn actively Friday.
Jefferson County Sherriff’s Office has a standing evacuation order for the Lower Rader Creek and upper Toll Mountain areas. Whiskey Gulch residents have been notified that they might need to leave depending on fire activity.
Structures are still being threatened. Residents are asked to check in at the Whitehall Ambulance Barn (406) 287-3914 and if they need other assistance to go to the Catholic Church in Whitehall. Small animals may be taken to the Whitehall Ambulance Barn, however they will need to be in cages. Large animals may be taken to the Rodeo Grounds in Whitehall. Jefferson County Sherriff has lifted the evacuation order for lower Toll Mountain and Quarry Road.
Officials are asking people to avoid driving in these areas to provide for the safety of firefighters and public.