FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: John Grassy
Public Information Officer
Montana Dept. Natural Resources and Conservation
Corral Fire Update
June 27, 2012 - 6:30 p.m.
Start Date: Monday, June 25, 2012, 4:16 p.m.
Current Size: 1,851 acres
Containment: Approximately 35%
Cause: Human-caused (see below)
Structures Lost: 4 confirmed
Command Structure: Unified command with Lewis and Clark County Fire, Lewis and Clark County Sheriff and Montana Dept. Natural Resources and Conservation.
Public Information: John Grassy, Montana DNRC, (406) 431-0718; Gayle Shirley, Lewis and Clark County, (406) 457-8801.
Total Personnel: 240
Resources on fire: 2 MT DNRC helicopters; 2 MT National Guard Blackhawks; 1 contract helicopter;14 engines; 2 air tankers.
Today’s Activities: Cooler temperatures, higher humidity levels and reduced winds helped firefighters make substantial progress today. Crews worked to strengthen established fire line along the SW flanks of the fire and began building line on the W-NW side. Crews and aircraft worked to eliminate hot spots within the fire perimeter and to secure areas near homes and other structures.
Weather Outlook: With predicted northerly winds tomorrow, fire activity in the Treasure Canyon and Head Lane areas remains a concern.
New Information on Fire Cause: Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton announced this evening that the Corral Fire started when a homeowneractivated a burn permit on June 23. He put the fire out after burning debris and monitored it for several hours, but it reignited on June 25. The individual has homeowner’s insurance. More details should be available tomorrow.
Filing Insurance Claims: Information about filing homeowners' insurance claims will be made available Thursday. Anyone who lost a home, outbuilding, or other property in the firemay contact the state Office of the Commissioner ofSecurities and Insurance for help with the claim process, 444-2040.
Evacuations, Road Closures: As of 6 p.m. tonight, residents living on both sides of Green Meadow Drive south of Norris Road can return to their homes. Residents north of Norris Road were allowed to return earlier today. Fire officials will determine tomorrow whether residents living west of the fire perimeter can return home. All residents should stay prepared to evacuate if the situation changes. For more information on evacuations and road closures, visit the Lewis and Clark County Emergency Operations Center Website.
Animal Care: Evacuees who need shelter for livestock may contact the Lewis and Clark County Fairgrounds at 457-8516. Animals may be delivered to the fairgrounds until 11 p.m. Owners must provide contact information to fairgrounds staff.
Public Information Officer
Department of Natural Resources and Conservation