Posted: Sep 12, 2012 1:21 PM by John Sherer
Updated: Sep 12, 2012 1:26 PM
Firefighters at the Pine Creek fire south of Livingston in Paradise Valley say that the risk to people and homes posed by the fire has decreased and all pre-evacuation notices have been lifted. In a news release fire managers said, "The fire will continue to burn until it receives significant moisture" and they added, "People should expect to see smoke coming from the fire area for the next few weeks."
Yesterday, in spite of low humidity and high winds, fire activity was minimal. Firefighters were flown into the basin on the ridge between Davis Creek and Deep Creek to put out hot spots with the help of helicopter water drops. Near the North Fork of Deep Creek, firefighters continued putting out hot spots in areas they could get to safely. Firefighters found and put out hot spots in the Pine Creek Campground, and near the Pine Creek Falls.
Fire managers say much of that same work will continue today, particularly near the Pine Creek Campground and Pine Creek Falls. Right now about 100 people are working on the fire. That includes 2 crews, 6 engines, 3 water tenders and 2 helicopters.
People are being asked to travel slowly and carefully in the fire areas, especially during early morning and afternoon hours when school buses are on the roads. The Loch Leven fishing access site on the Yellowstone River is being used as the Incident Command Center for the fire and is closed to the public. Roads closed to travel by the general public include Deep Creek Road and Upper Luccock Park Road. The area closure on the Gallatin National Forest is still in effect, including the Pine Creek Campground and Trailhead.