Park Creek Fire

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Park Creek Fire

CLOSURE

Revised Closure Area, 9/21/17
HELENA-LEWIS AND CLARK NATIONAL FOREST Lincoln Ranger District Lincoln, Montana Order No. 01-15-14-17-61 EMERGENCY ORDER National Forest System Roads and Trails Public Health and Safety ... more

INCIDENT UPDATED 2 DAYS AGO

Approximate Location

47.021 latitude, -112.691 longitude

Incident Overview

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The Park Creek Fire is located approximately 2 miles north of Lincoln, MT. It began as two fires caused by lightning on 7/14/17 that grew together in the Stonewall Creek drainage. Areas of previous burn scars have aided suppression efforts, but high mortality stands and terrain have proven challenging and dangerous.


Special Messages/Closures:

Residents of Powell and Lewis & Clark counties are encouraged to sign up for emergency alerts.

Lewis & Clark County - https://www.smart911.com/smart911/registration/registrationLanding.action

September 15, 2017, the Lincoln Ranger District has reduced the Emergency Area Closure over the Park Creek Fire. Sucker Creek Road and Copper Creek Road will be opened, but Beaver Creek Road over Huckleberry Summit to the Forest Boundary and will remain closed for public and firefighter safety. All areas within the current fire perimeter remain closed, as well. To view emergency area closure and map, please visit Park Creek Fire on InciWeb. There are no evacuations at this time for the Park Creek Fire. Detailed information on Rice Ridge, Alice Creek, and other fires can be found on InciWeb. Please be mindful when traveling into portions of the now open areas that have been burned. Be alert for unstable trees, slippery roads, and other hazards which may be present.

Although the Lincoln area is receiving precipitation, the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest remains in the amended Stage 1 Fire Restrictions – all campfires are banned. Smoking is prohibited outside of buildings, vehicles and developed recreation sites, unless you are in a 3-foot-diameter area cleared of all burnable vegetation. These restrictions will be reviewed by state, county and federal officials when they feel fire danger is no longer a threat for both private and public lands.


Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning/natural
Date of OriginFriday July 14th, 2017 approx. 09:15 PM
Location2 miles North of Lincoln, MT
Incident CommanderBrian McGowan

Current Situation

Total Personnel10
Size18,000 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained75%
Estimated Containment DateSaturday September 30th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Fire is burning in timber stands with high mortality with multiple snags and heavy dead and down fuels.

Significant Events

The fire is established in the headwaters of Dry Creek and continues to back down the west aspect of Arrastra Mountain.

Fire crested the unnamed peak to the south of Arrastra Mountain and slopped over to the south aspect above Huckleberry Saddle.

Fire activity is minimal at this time.

Outlook

Planned Actions

Crews will continue to patrol accessible perimeter of the fire, and will be monitoring for spread toward Management Action Points.

Projected Incident Activity

Rehab operations, patrolling area.

Remarks

**REVISED CLOSURE INFO** Click on the "Closures" tab to see the new reduced closed area.

Unit Information

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

Incident Contacts

Park Creek Fire Information
Email: parkcreekfire@gmail.com
Phone: 406-422-7164
Hours: M-F 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest info line
Phone: 406-495-3767
Hours: 24/7
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