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Arrastra Creek Fire

Unit Information

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

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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.

Special Messages/Closures: There are no evacuations at this time. To provide for firefighter and public safety during the fire, a temporary area closure of selected trails and roads is in place for the Park Creek and Arrastra Creek Fires. Effective 8/11/2017, the closure has been adjusted to allow access to Copper Creek and Snowbank Lake.

The Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest is in Stage 1 Fire Restrictions. Campfires and other fires are prohibited outside of approved recreation sites, as designated on the fire prevention order. 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.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginTuesday July 18th, 2017 approx. 08:00 PM
Location6 miles northwest of Lincoln, MT
Incident CommanderRodney Weeks
Coordinates47.042 latitude, -112.797 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel28
Size6,318 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained46%
Estimated Containment DateMonday October 30th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber with litter and understory

Significant Events

Fire behavior has been moderate with continued burning in interior pockets of green vegetation.

Steep rugged terrain, large dead fuels and numerous snags continue to be the primary safety concerns for fire crews. The safety of fire personnel and human life remain the highest priority.


Planned Actions

Crews continue to hold and improve completed line. Crews have also started wood-chipper operations. Crews will monitor fire for spotting south of the shaded fuel break.

Projected Incident Activity

The fire will continue to consume fuels in pockets of un-burned vegetation.

Backing and creeping should continue throughout the Stonewall Creek Drainage.


Fire growth (acreage) will be applied to Arrastra Creek Fire for areas west of Stonewall Creek.

An area closure is in effect. The closure has been amended to allow access to Copper Creek and Snowbank Lake.

Stage 1 Restrictions in effect. Campfires are allowed in metal fire pits only. Smoking is restricted to vehicles, buildings and 3 foot areas void of vegetation.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

The temperature has increased, and humidity has decreased. Wind has slightly picked up, as well.

A fire behavior analyst continue to monitor current weather conditions.