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Wood Lake Fire

Unit Information

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

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Topographic Fire Map for the Wood Lake Fire.  Fire perimeter is outlined in red in the bottom right of map.  A red fire icon shows the location of the fire on the topographical mapImage options: [ Full Size ]

The Wood Lake Fire was reported by the Prairie Reef lookout at 10am on Monday, August 17th with an estimated size of 3 acres. By 6 p.m. the same day its growth was estimated at 50 acres with active fire behavior and spotting a quarter of a mile ahead of the fire front. The fire is in steep, rugged terrain on the upper third of a north-facing slope. Crews constructed containment line to reinforce the retardant drops where the file had potential to advance toward Benchmark road.  The other portions of the fire burned into scabby timber and rock and the fire lost momentum to move.   Since containment line cannot be built within the rock, and the snag component within the perimeter poses a serious risk to firefighters, the 30% containment status will remain indefinitely.  On 8/23, the fire was transferred back to a type-IV incident commander, and most of the resources assigned to the fire were demobilized on 8/23 & 8/24.  As of 9/3, a type-V incident commander is in charge of this fire. Rocky Mountain Ranger District personnel will continue to patrol and mop up until seasonal weather terminates this fire. 

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginMonday August 17th, 2020 approx. 10:22 AM
LocationTownship 19 North; Range 10 West; Section 12. 21 miles west of Augusta, Montana
Incident CommanderCody Seccombe, Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest Type V
Coordinates47.401 latitude, -112.791 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel16
Size87 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained30%
Fuels Involved

Heavy timber, litter and understory consisting of sub-alpine fir.

Significant Events

This fire is now in a patrol status.


Planned Actions

The Lewis and Clark Wildland Fire Module module continues to monitor this fire as part of it's routine fire patrol. Fire activity is minimal.

Projected Incident Activity

Please note: The increase in acreage from 8/21 resulted from greater accuracy in determining fire size with a helicopter vs the size estimation previously done with a fixed wing aircraft. The potential for further fire growth is minimal.


All trail, camping, and picnicking closures associated with this fire have been lifted.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Hot, dry, and windy conditions.

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