Public Meeting in Heart Butte CANCELLED on Wed, Sept 20th
Note: The public meeting in Heart Butte has been cancelled for Wednesday, September 20th, 2017. Cooler weather and precipitation have resulted in reduced fire activity. Please see the News tab or... more
The Strawberry Fire was reported on August 25th at approximately 12:00pm. The incident is located 2 miles north of Sabido Cabin, between Strawberry Creek and East Fork Strawberry Creek, in the Bob Marshall Wilderness, on the Flathead National Forest.
The fire is being managed with the Scalp and Crucifixion Fires as a Type-4 incident. The strategy for these fires is confine and contain due to their remote location, fire/fuel break from recent fire events, and limited availability of ground/aerial resources resulting from a large number of fires throughout the Western States.
Cooler temperatures and some precipitation have resulted in minimal fire activity reported over the last few days, however, smoke continues to be observed. Moisture received has been very inconsistent across the area. Fire activity continues to be monitored by on-the-ground resources and aerial recon as weather permits.
On the Flathead NF, smoke is still present and lies mostly within the interior of the fire, as heavier fuels continue to clean up within the perimeter. Personnel have continued to conduct trail reconnaissance, where possible, in order to assess for future public safety and infrastructure damage. Snags are a very real hazard and trail conditions vary - from minimal damage, to being difficult to locate with heavy downfall and snags, to severe tread damage. All area closures remain in place on the Flathead NF, but are being evaluated depending on moisture and weather outlook.
On the Helena-Lewis and Clark NF, cool temperatures and precipitation have reduced fire activity, though moisture levels vary. Crews on the ground have been engaging with hot spots, and helicopter water drops have been planned to cool down some areas. All evacuations were lifted early on Thursday morning, September 14th, and residents can return to their homes/ranches. Road closures were lifted on Friday morning, September 15th. Effective September 18th, 2017, changes have been made to area and trail closures on the Helena-Lewis and Clark NF. An updated closure map can be found under the Maps tab.
The Crucifixion Creek, Strawberry and Scalp Fires have transitioned from the Type 3 IMT to Type 4 management on Tuesday, September 19th at 0700, with Ted Frazer as the incoming IC.
|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Friday August 25th, 2017 approx. 12:00 PM|
|Location||From Strawberry Creek Trail on the Flathead NF to 1/2 mile east of Swift Reservoir.|
|Incident Commander||Ted Frazer|
|Incident Description||The Fire Management Strategy Is 30% Monitor, 60% Confine, 5% Point Protection And 5% Full Suppression.|
|Estimated Containment Date||Wednesday November 01st, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM|
Timber (Litter and Understory), Closed Timber Litter.
Minimal, Backing, Creeping, Smoldering.
Due to current weather activity, fire behavior has greatly moderated. Currently monitoring weather conditions to determine the duration of minimal to moderate fire behavior and the long-term potential return of active to extreme fire behavior. Smoke may be visible because of high winds on the fire.
Fire will be monitored for spread potential off the forest and to look at opportunities to secure areas that pose a risk to non-Forest Service lands. Transition to a Type 4 organization occurred at 0700 on 9/19/17.
|Projected Incident Activity|
Due to current weather activity, fire behavior has greatly moderated. Currently monitoring weather conditions to determine the duration of more moderate fire behavior and the potential to return to more active or extreme fire behavior.
More precipitation is expected.
The last IR flight was 9/17 at 1am.
Total Estimated GIS Acres = 20,894(drafted/digitized 9/17)
HLCNF Acres = 11,698(56%)
FNF Acres = 6,641(32%)
Non-FS Acres = 2,555(12%)
Area and trail closures are in place.
A significant change in the weather has moved into the area starting 9/13. Another period of cooler and potentially wetter conditions is settling in this week. Overall temperatures should be near or below normal through the period.