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Crucifixion Creek Fire

Unit Information

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

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The Crucifixion Creek Fire was reported August 11, 2017 by an aerial detection flight. The fire is located in the Badger Two Medicine area on the Rocky Mountain Ranger District. The fire is in rough terrain of heavy timber and rocky, discontinuous vegetation. On 8 September 2017, a type 3 Incident Management Team assumed management responsibility for the Crucifixion Creek, Strawberry Creek, and Scalp fires. They will continue a confine and contain strategy. There are area closures now in effect in the fire area and many trails are closed as a result. Please see the Complex Closure Map for the North half of the Bob Marshall posted in inciweb for details. Prior large fire events from two years ago are present on the landscape east of the current fire activity. There is no immediate threat to any structures at this time.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginFriday August 11th, 2017 approx. 01:00 PM
LocationBadger Two-Medicine area
Incident CommanderICT 4, Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest
Incident DescriptionFire Is In Rough Rugged Terrain, In Heavy Timber And Very
Coordinates48.17 latitude, -113.094 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel10
Size11,008 Acres
Fuels Involved

The landscape consists of heavy timber in drainage bottoms and interspersed meadows in the upper slopes, as well as very rocky areas with discontinuous vegetation.

Significant Events

All area and trail closures have been rescinded and opened. Ground crews have worked hard to clear trails of the snags left from the fires, however not all trails will be completely cleared of hazards. We urge extra precaution while visiting these areas. Ground crews have cleared trails of snags caused by the fires where it was safe to do so and safe to get to. Horse corral fences near Badger Cabin have been fixed. Bear Top Look out has come down from the lookout for the season and is no longer in service. All fire restrictions have been lifted for the entire Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest.


Planned Actions

The Rocky Mountain Ranger District will be checking these areas and available as needed to respond and answer any questions.

Projected Incident Activity

Continue to assess and rehab trails where its safe to do so.


Please see the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex map of the north half for more detail.(refer to the images tab)

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Snow will diminish this afternoon. Then turning warmer and mostly dry Wednesday through Saturday...with only an isolated passing light shower. Strong winds will be possible Friday afternoon through Saturday. It turns cooler again Sunday/Monday with light rain/snow shower possible over the region.