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State Creek Fire

Unit Information

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

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Incident Contacts

Dillon Ranger District
Phone: 406-683-3900
Hours: M-F 8:00 - 4:30

State Creek Fire Information
Phone: 406-356-6521
Hours: 7:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.

State Creek Fire Closure Map Sept. 22, 2020Image options: [ Full Size ]

September 25, 2020               Contact Dillon Ranger District (406) 683-3900 

 Hours: M-F 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

WHAT:                                                Wildland Fire                     

DATE OF DETECTION:                      August 29, 2020

CAUSE:                                               Lightning

CURRENT SIZE:                                  4,400

LOCATION                                            Approximately 16 miles NE of Whitehall, 2 miles NE of Whitetail Reservoir

JURISDICTION:                                  Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest

RESOURCES ON THE FIRE:  Miscellaneous fire personal.

NARRATIVE:  The State Creek Fire was detected August 29, 2020. This fire is located on the Butte Ranger District and currently is 4,400 acres in an area difficult for firefighters to access due to rough terrain, numerous snags, and a significant amount of dead and down trees.  This fire is being managed with a combination of full suppression and confine/contain strategies.  Some of the strategic objectives for this fire include protect private residences and structures, protect heritage sites, keep fire off private land when possible, minimize effects to fish populations and minimize the spread of noxious and invasive weeds. The fire will continue to put up visible smoke as interior pockets of fuel continue to burn. The fire may become more active, due to weather, until there is a season ending event of moisture. 

TODAY’S PLAN:  Fire personnel continue to monitor fire and mop up perimeter as needed.

SPECIAL CONCERNS & CLOSURES:  Public and firefighter’s safety is always the primary concern . The Forest Service issued a new closure for the fire, which closes some roads and trails.  Please check InciWeb for the current closure map.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginSaturday August 29th, 2020 approx. 12:00 PM
LocationApproximately 16 miles NE of Whitehall
Incident CommanderChambers, Dunn (T)
Incident DescriptionWildfire Lightning/natural
Coordinates46.099 latitude, -112.233 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel22
Size4,400 Acres
Estimated Containment DateFriday October 30th, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber (Litter and Understory) medium logging slash with a heavy component of dead and down Lodgepole Pine and Subalpine Fir.

Significant Events

A new closure order is in effect, September 22, 2020.


Planned Actions

Monitor and mop up.

Projected Incident Activity

The fire's activity will continue to be smoldering with backing and creeping until a season ending event of moisture happens. Smoke will still be visible from interior pockets of fuel smoldering and burning.