Blacktail Fire

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Blacktail Fire


Revised Closure Order
HELENA-LEWIS AND CLARK NATIONAL FOREST Belt Creek-White Sulphur Springs Ranger District White Sulphur Springs, Montana Order No. 01-15-14-17-56 EMERGENCY ORDER National Forest System Road, Trails... more


Approximate Location

46.23 latitude, -110.324 longitude

Incident Overview

map of fire perimeter with hashtags to identify closed area

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The Blacktail Fire was reported on Sunday, September 10th in the Blacktail Creek area, east of Loco Mountain in the Crazy Mountains. The fire is actively burning in steep and rugged terrain. Cooler temperatures and precipitation will allow firefighters to focus on fireline construction.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginSunday September 10th, 2017 approx. 02:00 PM
LocationEast of Loco Mountain within Crazy Mountains
Incident CommanderJacob Hoppe, IC

Current Situation

Total Personnel80
Size5,351 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained25%
Fuels Involved

Timber, Snags

Significant Events

Due to continued wet and cool weather, fire resources continue to monitor the fire and mop-up where they can do so.


Planned Actions

There could be some smoldering within the fire perimeter as snow melts; it's not likely that the fire will growth beyond it's current footprint.


No structures are threatened. **A Closure to the Fire Area is now in-place for public safety purposes.**

The following trails and roads are temporarily closed:

Trail #640–From Section 1 on the west side to JCT of Trail #654 Elk Lake; #630--Portion south of Buzzard Creek; #630A--Portion north of Lebo Fork of Big Elk Creek; and #654--Elk Lake Trail.

Forest Service Road System 654 in Wheatland County, T5N, R11E

Unit Information

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

Incident Contact

Kathy Bushnell
Phone: 406-422-7164
Hours: M-F, 9:00-5:00

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