Morgan and Butler Fires

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Morgan and Butler Fires


Approximate Location

45.536 latitude, -113.814 longitude

Incident Overview

What: Wildland Fires

Detected: Morgan Fire July 31 3:00 pm; Butler Fire August 1, 4:20 pm

Cause: Lightning

Current Size: Morgan Fire – 10 acres, Butler Fire – 17 acres

Containment: Morgan Fire – 100%; Butler Fire – 50%

Resources on Fire: Morgan Fire - 2 Type 2 Handcrews, and local Engine 3, 4 rappellers

Butler Fire – 18 Smokejumpers, 1 Type 2 Initial Attack crew, 1 Type 1 Handcrew (Roosevelt Hotshots),

Total personnel on both fires – 106

Additional Resources used: Retardant and Helicopter water drops

Resources Ordered: Air Support (Helicopters)

Location: Approximately 16 miles west of Wisdom, MT

Narrative: Both fires are burning in inventoried roadless areas in dead and down Lodgepole pine, subalpine fir and Spruce.

The Morgan was declared contained at 6:00 PM, August 4, 2017. Personnel are still on site finishing mop up work and walking grids in the unburned-green area checking for potential spots.

On the Butler fire, crews have dug hand lands around approximatly 75% of the main fire body. Spots have been put out up to 1/3 of a mile of the main fire. Helicpoters are still aiding with bucket drops and an infrared flight has been ordered for tomorrow night to check for hot spots.


1. Forest Service Road 624 (Gibbonsville Rd) from the intersection with Forest Service Road 944 to the Montana/Idaho Border;

2. Continental Divide National Scenic Trail (CDNST), from the intersection with Forest Service Trail 3002 in T5S., R17W., Section 32 to the Montana/Idaho border in T.5S., R18W, Section 1.

Additional closures were implemented on the Salmon-Challis NF to the west to ensure folks cannot access the fire area.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginSaturday July 29th, 2017 approx. 03:00 PM
Incident CommanderTosse - USFS

Current Situation

Total Personnel106
Size10 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%


Planned Actions

Mop up

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Hot and dry

Unit Information

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Beaverhead/Deerlodge National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
420 Barrett St
Dillon, MT 59725

Incident Contact

Wisdom Ranger District
Phone: (406) 689-3243
Hours: M-F 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

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