Robertson Draw Fire grows to 27,566 acres, 0 percent contained | Fires


UPDATE: JUNE 19 AT 12:20 A.M.

Fire crews and equipment continued to mop up along the east side edge of the Robertson Draw Fire an update from the Custer Gallatin National Forest said.

Most of the fire activity Friday continued to be in the upper reaches of the Grove Creek and Line Creek drainages the update says.

On the south side, firefighters continued work tying an indirect line into an old fire scar.

On the northwest side, firefighters continued to scout for indirect line locations.

According to the Custer Gallatin National Forest, Division Supervisor and 10-person Wildland Fire Module are spike camping on the west-central side of the fire and scouted indirect line locations.

The Structure Protection Group continued their work on assessments and developing a structure protection plan for structures northwest of the fire.

Crews will continue to patrol and mop up along the east side of the fire and will grid areas as needed Saturday.

Firefighters on the south side will finish their work on the indirect line and prepare the line for the fire as it moves in that direction.

On the northwest side, crews will move forward with plans for indirect hand line and some dozer line construction.

The structure protection group will keep moving through their assessments of private structures to the northwest and west of the fire and develop a plan to protect structures should there be a need to do so.

A Red Flag Warning is in effect from 12:00 pm until 9:00 pm for the fire area so fire managers will continually be monitoring the fire activity in relation to the weather conditions.

Evacuation warnings are still in effect and all the Custer Gallatin National Forest System lands south of Point of Rocks in the Rock Creek drainage are closed under a Forest Closure Order.

The Robertson Draw Fire is currently at 27,566 acres and is 0 percent contained.


UPDATE: JUNE 18 AT 10:55 P.M.

A Red Flag Warning has been issued in the Robertson Draw Fire area for Saturday, June 18, from noon to 9 p.m.

Firefighters have made great progress over the past few days. However, significant areas of uncontrolled fire exist, especially on Mt Maurice south of Red Lodge.

 

While the expected conditions are not as extreme as last Tuesday, there is potential for rapid fire growth.

Red Lodge Fire Rescue is warning residents near the fire to monitor fire conditions and be ready to leave should those conditions change.


UPDATE: JUNE 18 AT 5:12 P.M.

In an update Friday afternoon, the Northern Rockies Incident Management Team reported that two CL Water Scoopers have been requested to help with firefighting efforts on the Robertson Draw Fire.

At this time, the Cooney Reservior is being used to supply water to the aircraft, and Buffalo Bill Reservoir may be used as well.

The aircraft generally needs a lake that is at least six feet deep and1-2.5 nautical miles according to the update.

Fire crews are working to tie in dozer lines to burned areas that have cooled down in the rangeland grass areas.

Air tanker water and retardant drops are being conducted along the northwest side of Mt. Mauriceand southern areas to check fire spread.

Crews will continue to tie in fire lines where needed, mop up pockets of heat and any areas of fire located around private structures.

On the south side of the fire, crews will continue to look for opportunities to build fire line.

Additional fire crews have been ordered and will be arriving.

Aerial resources will continue to drop water or retardant, based on fire activity.


UPDATE: JUNE 18 AT 11:04 A.M.

The Roberson Draw fire has grown to 24,470 acres and is 0 percent contained as of Friday morning.

Firefighters made progress on several areas of the fire Thursday, the Northern Rockies Incident Management Team reported in an update.

Planned actions for Friday include crews continuing to work on indirect line and utilize aircraft as necessary.

On the eastern and northeastern sides of the fire, crews will continue to patrol and mop up any areas of heat or smoke along the fireline. On the northwest side, firefighters will continue to plan indirect line and begin to start some of that work.

Structures will be assessed by the structure protection group and they will develop a structure protection plan which will include flagging access roads as well as numbering structures.

The crew on the west side of the fire will scout for opportunities to work on an indirect or direct fire line based on the fire activity at the head of the Line Creek drainage according to the update.

The North and South Grove Creek Road, Gold Creek Road, Ruby Creek Road, Meeteetse Trail, and Robertson Draw Road that are in Evacuation Warning status remain closed to general public use.

Evacuation orders have been lifted for the areas of North and South Grove Creek, Gold Creek, Ruby Creek, and Robertson Draw east to Highway 72.

The areas will remain in evacuation warning, and residents are recommended to have a household evacuation plan ready.


UPDATE: JUNE 17 AT 8:50 P.M.

As of 6 p.m., June 17, Evacuation Orders have been lifted for the areas of North and South Grove Creek, Gold Creek, Ruby Creek, and Robertson Draw east to Highway 72.

These areas will remain in evacuation warning status, but residents can return to their homes. All area residents are recommended to have a household evacuation plan ready. 

The North and South Grove Creek Road, Gold Creek Road, Ruby Creek Road, Meeteetse Trail, and Robertson Draw Road that are in Evacuation Warning status remain closed to general public use.

All the Custer Gallatin National Forest System lands south of Point of Rocks in the Rock Creek drainage are closed under a Forest Closure Order. This includes trailheads, campgrounds, dispersed camping areas, and the USDA Forest Service Recreation Residences in Corral Creek, Spring Creek, Snow Creek and Sheep Creek.

The areas within the Forest Closure Order remain in evacuation and include the USDA Forest Service Recreation Residences in Corral Creek, Spring Creek, Snow Creek and Sheep Creek. This is in addition to the Closure Area encompassing the Line Creek Plateau.

The Beartooth Highway (US Hwy 212) remains open.

Temporary flight restrictions are still in place for airspace over the fire to allow crews to receive air support in containing the blaze.

According to InciWeb, fire crews had success in all divisions of the fire on Thursday. 

Fire resources are working up a plan on the west end to use an existing trail and natural barriers to create indirect line and take advantage of the possible moisture that could come into the area over the weekend. 

The majority of fire activity reportedly was in the Grove Creek and Line Creek drainages actively burning midslope timber with short upslope runs, group torching, and spotting.

A night shift will work Thursday evening to mop-up pockets of heat around any structures.


UPDATE: JUNE 17 AT 11:50 A.M.

An infrared flight early Thursday morning mapped the Robertson Draw Fire at 24,273 acres.

The Northern Rockies Incident Management Team reports that on Thursday, fire crews will work along the northeastern, eastern, and southeastern sides of the fire to continue to tie in fire lines where needed, mop up pockets of heat and any areas of fire located around private structures.

Crews on the south side will continue to look for opportunities to build fire line.

On the northwest side of the fire near Mt. Maurice, the Division Supervisor and operations personnel will begin scouting the fire area and develop a strategy for suppression.

A structure protection group has been organized and will be working on structure assessments and planning according to the Northern Rockies Incident Management Team.

Additional fire crews have been ordered and will be arriving. Aerial resources will continue to drop water or retardant as needed based on fire activity.

While evacuation orders are still in place, any affected…



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