Smokejumpers, hotshots battle new wildfire near Dillon


MISSOULA, Mont. - The following is a press release from the Wise River Ranger District:

What: Wildland Fire

Detected: July 25 - Lightning caused

Location: Approx. 2 miles west of Pioneer Scenic Bywaynear Shoestring Creek on the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Fire – Wise River Ranger District.

Narrative: The Shoestring Fire on the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, west of the Pioneer Scenic Byway near Shoestring Creek on the Wise River Ranger District was located Friday afternoon. Eleven smokejumpers from Missoula arrived on the fire at aproximately 5:00 p.m. yesterday. There is one spot fire east of the main fire. One airtanker and one light helicopter assisted with cooling the fire. The quick response yesterday by fire managers plus the tanker and helicopter is credited with keeping the blaze in check and from growing much larger.Today a short crew of Beaverhead-Deerlodge firefighters, the Bitterroot Hot Shots, and the Chief Mountain Hotshots hiked onto the fire.

Current Size: Estimated 15-20 acres Containment: 0%

Resources on Fire: There are currently 11 smokejumpers, 2- 20 person hotshot crews, 17 Beaverhead-Deerlodge firefighters and 1 light helicopter assigned to the fire. A medium helicopter is expected to arrive this evening.

Today's Action: Fire line was completed around the perimeter of the spot fire and a fire line around the main fire was started. Bucket work was continued by the light helicopter. A medium helicopter is expected to arrive this evening.

Safety Concerns: Safety of the public and firefighters is always a primary concern.A continued warming and drying trend with variable winds will continue thru the weekend causing some concern for this fire.

Closures: There is no immediate threat to structures or closures at this time.