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Park Creek Fire


Park Creek and Arrastra Fires - Community Meeting on July 20th
There will be a community meeting for the Park Creek and Arrastra fires on July 20th at 7 p.m. at Hooper Park in Lincoln. Local and fire officials will be on hand to provide fire updates and... more


Approximate Location

47.021 latitude, -112.691 longitude

Incident Overview

Taken at approx. 7:30 pm on 7/19/17, 1 mile west of Lincoln, MT

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Sparked by lightning during a storm that rolled through the area on Friday night, the Park Creek Fire was reported on July 15th. The fire is in dense stands of heavy and dead timber, in steep terrain. The fire location is T15N, R9W, Section 26; it is bordered on three sides by previous fire/burned areas: NW Klondike Fire; N-NW Snow Talon Fire; and E Sucker Creek Fire.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginFriday July 14th, 2017 approx. 09:15 PM
LocationLincoln Ranger District

Current Situation

Total Personnel133
Size1,964 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained5%
Estimated Containment DateSaturday September 30th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber stands with high mortality with multiple snags and large dead and down fuels.

Significant Events

Updated acreage is from an early morning infra-red flight.

The module completed structure protection efforts on the Stonewall Mountain Lookout.

The fuel break along the southern edge is nearing completion; plans are to extend this barrier to the west along Park Creek Road in the days ahead.


Planned Actions

The fire suppression efforts are concentrated on the southern edge of the fire, establishing and strengthening a fuel break along the Forest boundary to reduce the potential for fire movement southward to DNRC and private lands.


Road and trail closures are in effect.

Smoke is very visible, especially during the afternoon hours.

Community Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, July 20 at 7 p.m. at Hooper Park in Lincoln.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

RED FLAG WARNING for gusty winds and low relative humidity is in effect from noon today until tomorrow night.

The forecast calls for the passage of a dry cold front from the west, with gusty winds up to 40 mph on the ridgetops.

Areas exposed to the influence of the wind are expected to burn actively with short crown runs and a potential for short-range spotting.

Much of the available fuels are still green but are expected to dry and cure in the coming weeks.

Unit Information

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Helena - Lewis and Clark National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
2880 Skyway Drive
Helena, MT 59602

Incident Contacts

Peri Suenram
Phone: 406-370-2144
Hours: 8 am - 9 pm
Terina Goicoechea
Phone: 406-422-2615
Hours: 8 am - 9 pm
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