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Fields Gulch Fire

Unit Information

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

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The Fields Gulch Fire was initially observed by Stonewall Lookout on August 6th, 2020.  Two helicopters, three Lincoln Ranger District engines, and the Lincoln Volunteer Fire Department responded on the initial attack.  The fire is situated in Fields Gulch, some six air miles south of Lincoln.  The terrain is densely timbered, steep, and contains a heavy load of beetle killed fuels.  The Lincoln Ranger District's Type IV team is in command of the incident.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginThursday August 06th, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
Incident CommanderBrian McGowan
Incident DescriptionThis Fire Is In Remote, Steep Terrain, With Difficult Access. There Is A High Concentration Of Dead And Down Lodgepole Pine And Dangerous Snags Throughout The Heavy Stand Of Timber.
Coordinates46.852 latitude, -112.671 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel30
Size5 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained75%
Fuels Involved

Heavy Timber (litter and understory)

Fire is burning in gray stage beetle killed lodgepole with a high component of dead and down.


Planned Actions

Firefighters had another successful day on the Fields Gulch fire yesterday. Crews were able to improve firelines along the perimeter, increasing overall containment. In addition, crews mopped up hotspots interior of the fire by utilizing water from the engines.

Projected Incident Activity

Today, local crews will continue mop up operations, cold trailing firelines and will begin to move the fire into patrol status. As a warming trend moves into the area over the weekend local firefighters will continue to monitor and patrol the fire watching closely for smoke and extinguishing hot spots as necessary.


In order to facilitate the safety of the public and suppression of the Fields Gulch wildfire a temporary closure has been placed on Forest System Road #1829. The closure is in effect for the main #1829 route in Township 13 North, Range 9 West, Sections 25, 26, 27, and 34, Lewis and Clark County.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Weather forecast for today is sunny, with a high of near 77, relative humidity will remain slightly higher at 20 percent in the afternoon hours. Winds will be light from the west southwest at 5 to 10 mph shifting to the west in the afternoon with gusts up to 18 mph. Conditions will remain sunny throughout the weekend with temperatures rising into the upper 80s and low 90s.