Crucifixion Creek Fire

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Crucifixion Creek Fire


Daily update to Crucifixion Creek, Strawberry Creek, and Scalp Fires 9/20
Wildfire Information Crucifixion Creek, Strawberry Creek, & Scalp Fires Rocky Mountain Ranger District Wednesday, September 20, 2017 NOTE: The public... more


Approximate Location

48.17 latitude, -113.094 longitude

Incident Overview

Complex Closure North Half of Bob Marshal

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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

Current Situation

Total Personnel50
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

The welcome moisture has greatly moderated fire activity.


Planned Actions

An 8-person wildfire use module is working out of the Badger Cabin and likely through the week, to take the structure protection wrap off the cabin and to assess and rehab the trails. A Type 2 Helicopter will be available for reconnaissance missions and other needed missions. An IC 4 team is in place and handling the remaining operations. Area and trail closures have reduced in size. Please see the attached Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex map of the north half to see the changes (images tab).

Projected Incident Activity

An aerial recon flight will be requested tonight.


Area and trail closures have been updated. Please see the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex map of the north half for more detail. Other fire areas and trails are still closed until a hazard assessment can be done.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Increased cloud cover with continued below average temperatures will continue for today. Increasing moisture will improve afternoon RH and may also bring a few scattered showers especially to the western and southern Rocky Mountain district zones. A disturbance will then bring widespread rain and snow as low as 4000 feet overnight tonight into Friday morning. Continued showers with snow above 5000 feet is then expected during the day Friday. West winds will shift to a breezy north to northeast flow tonight through Friday.

Unit Information

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

Incident Contact

Duane Buchi
Phone: 406-750-8934
Hours: 7 days a week 7am-9pm

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