Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
420 Barrett St
Dillon, MT 59725
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
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.
|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Saturday August 29th, 2020 approx. 12:00 PM|
|Location||Approximately 16 miles NE of Whitehall|
|Incident Commander||Chambers, Dunn (T)|
|Incident Description||Wildfire Lightning/natural|
|Coordinates||46.099 latitude, -112.233 longitude|
|Estimated Containment Date||Friday October 30th, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM|
Timber (Litter and Understory) medium logging slash with a heavy component of dead and down Lodgepole Pine and Subalpine Fir.
A new closure order is in effect, September 22, 2020.
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.