Aug 28, 2012 10:13 PM by Dennis Carlson
Here is the latest information we have on the 19-Mile Fire burning west of Whitehall.
What: 19 Mile Fire
Detected: August 28, 2012, Cause: Under Investigation
Location: 19 Mile Road and Highway 2
Jurisdiction: Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest and Jefferson County
• 2 Airtankers
• 2 Helicopter
• 11 Engines
• 1 Hand Crew
Summary: The 19 Mile Fire was first reported around 3:50 p.m. today. Firefighters from County, State and Federal agencies are working together to manage this fire. The fire is burning in the Radar Creek and Toll Mountain area north of Highway 2. It is burning in grass, brush and timber. A Type 2 Incident Management Team has been ordered to assist with management of this fire. Additional firefighting resources have been ordered and are on the way to assist.
Structures are threatened and Jefferson County Sherriff is conducting evacuations in the Upper Rader Creek and Toll Mountain area. Residents are asked to check in at the Whitehall Ambulance Barn 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.
Officials are asking people to avoid driving in this area to provide for the safety of firefighters and publics.
Officials are also reminding the public Stage I restrictions are in effect for all of the Beaverhead-Deerlodge NF with the exception of the Anaconda-Pintler and the Lee Metcalf Wilderness Areas. For more information about restrictions go to http://firerestrictions.us/.
For more information about the 19 Mile Fire go online to www.inciweb.org.