Posted: Jun 29, 2012 9:54 PM by INCIDENT COMMAND CENTER
The latest tonight on the Index Fire burning near Cooke City:
Fire Size: 210 acres
Started: Tuesday, June 26 at 5:40 p.m.
Cause: Downed power line
Location: Index Creek, West of U.S. Highway 212; 4 miles SE of Cooke City, MT
Fire Activity Today: Gustier winds today increased fie behavior. Significant spotting.
Containment: 15 percent contained
Smoke: May be present on U.S. Highway 212. Please drive cautiously and do not stop in the vicinity of the fire or smoke.
Resources: Five engines, one hotshot crew, one type 2 initial attack crew, one medium helicopter, one light helicopter, and fire managers
Jurisdiction: U. S. Forest Service, Shoshone National Forest
Vegetation: Green and dead timber
Closures or Restrictions: Fox Creek Campground is closed to the public
Special Concerns: Keeping U.S. Highway 212 open
Structures Threatened: None
Fire Danger: Very high
Weather Forecast: Hot, dry, 80 degrees, winds from the South at 5-10 mph gusting to 20 mph, 10 percent relative humidity.
** Beginning Saturday, June 30, one-way traffic through the fire area will be escorted by pilot car. Expect delays.**