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McClusky Fire

Unit Information

Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
420 Barrett St Dillon Montana 59725
Dillon, MT 59725

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Fire Information
Phone: 208-512-9445
Hours: M-F 0900 - 1700

Highlighted Activity

09/07/2019 McClusky Fire Update - September 7, 2019
McClusky Fire Update The McClusky fire, currently estimated to be 2,932 acres, received 0.9 inches of rain on Friday evening and fire behavior is minimal. Shane Martin, Incident Commander, and Mike...
News - 09/07/2019
Fire activity from FSR 173.Image options: [ Full Size ]

Fire managers will continue to monitor weather and changes in fire activity over the next few days, as more rain and cooler temperatures are expected to impact the area. Minimal fire behavior is expected with this projected wet and cool weather pattern.

The McClusky fire will continue to burn until the area receives a season-ending weather event. Smoke from the fire could be visible from locations on or adjacent to National Forest System lands. Fire managers monitor weather and changes in fire activity. Smoke may be observed as warm and breezy conditions pass through the area and the fire experiences growth. Standing snags and those hung-up or suspended in adjacent snags pose an excessive safety risk to firefighters. Firefighter and public safety is the number one priority.

The lightning caused McClusky fire, located three miles northeast of Delmoe Lake and 13 miles northwest of Whitehall was reported on August 16. The fire is burning in lodgepole pine in steep, rugged, inaccessible terrain with high concentrations of standing dead trees and logs on the ground.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginFriday August 16th, 2019 approx. 05:00 PM
Location10 miles East of Butte, MT
Incident CommanderMike King, Matt Racicot(t)
Coordinates46.014 latitude, -112.277 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel23
Size2,932 Acres
Fuels Involved

Timber (litter and understory) Heavy dead and down. Heavy snags standing and falling.

Significant Events

Private inholdings and mining claims to the east of the fire have been identified as values at risk and structure assessments have been completed. No structures have been lost.


Planned Actions

Today fire crews will continue to implement suppression repair activities.

Projected Incident Activity

Fire behavior is minimal with creeping and smoldering. Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest and other local resources in the area are managing the incident and continue with mop-up, patrol and implementation of suppression repair work.


Burning in steep inaccessible, rocky terrain with excessive risk to firefighters due to the number of dead snags near the fire's perimeter.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

To date, the fire has received over 2" of precipitation. Breezy but seasonably warm conditions are expected Friday through the weekend. Next weeks trough has slowed so cooler temperatures and rain chances may be delayed until Tuesday. An active weather pattern dominated by troughs is expected for most of next week.