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Garden Creek Fire

Unit Information

Flathead Agency
Bureau of Indian Affairs
PO Box 40 Pablo Montana 59855
Pablo, MT 59855

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Incident Contacts

C.T. Camel
Phone: 406-370-8911

John Hamilton
Phone: 406-826-4345
Hours: W-S 0930-1800

The Garden Creek Fire, which was started July 29 by lightning, has not shown any growth the last week, and remains at 2,502 acres with 50% containment now listed. As fire activity within the firelines has decreased, the amount of personnel working the fire has been reduced and now stands at 176. The incident commander has verified that the fire is now secured over 100 feet in along the perimeter. Firefighters will work to increase that secure perimeter up to 200 feet inside the perimeter in the coming days, utilizing engines, water tender, port-a-tanks and hose lays in that task. The fires is burning mostly on CS&KT land with a small amount of U.S. Forest Service land also involved.
For additional information on the Garden Creek Fire, including a timeline of events that have occurred in the management activities for that incident, or for similar information on other current fires in Sanders County, please see the "Sanders County Wildland Fire Information" page on Facebook. For information specific to CS&KT fires, see the "Confederated Salish & Kootenai Division of Fire" Facebook page.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginSunday July 29th, 2018 approx. 01:15 PM
Location2 miles north of Hot Springs
Incident CommanderArt Trahan, CS&KT Division of Fire
Incident DescriptionWildfire
Coordinates47.67 latitude, -114.76 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel176
Size2,052 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained50%
Estimated Containment DateSaturday August 25th, 2018 approx. 06:00 PM
Fuels Involved

Timber, grass and understory

Timber, litter and understory

Tall grass (2.5 feet)

Significant Events

Smoldering, creeping.


Planned Actions

Continue mop-up operations 200 feet in from perimeter, patrol extensively.

Projected Incident Activity

Continue patrol of perimeter, mop up operations.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Disturbance to pass through Friday into Saturday and storms appear capable of producing gusty winds, small hail,moderate rain.

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