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Deep Creek Canyon Fire

Unit Information

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

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Aerial shot of the Deep Creek Fire taken June 13Image options: [ Full Size ]

Wildfire Information

Deep Creek Canyon Fire

Townsend Ranger District

Townsend RD: (406) 266-3425; White Sulphur Springs RD: (406) 547-3361
Twitter: @LewisandClarkNF

This will be the last update for the Deep Creek Canyon Fire unless significant fire activity occurs.  Please contact your local Ranger District with questions.  Updates to the Area Closure will be available on the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest webpage and Facebook page.

Containment is now at 95%. Yesterday, Fire crews meticulously patrolled the perimeter of the fire looking for areas of heat.  No areas of heat were noted, outside of the 5% uncontained area on the northwest edge.  Firefighters will concentrate their efforts over the next several days to extinguish these pockets of heat.  Smoke from smoldering stumps and logs could be visible within the interior of the fire’s perimeter for the next several weeks.

Effective immediately all evacuations orders and evacuation warnings are lifted in the Broadwater County side of the Deep Creek Canyon Fire area. If you are a resident of Meagher County, please check the Meagher County Sheriff's Office FB or website for releases on evacuation orders and warning. Thank you to all the citizens for you understanding and cooperation. Thank you to Vigilante Electric for all your hard work trying to get that line rebuilt and the power back to those residents of Deep Creek and Grassy Mountain. THANK YOU to the Northern Rockies Incident Management Team, USFS, DNRC and the Broadwater Co. Rural Fire for everything you all have done to get this fire controlled, contained and wrapped up. Be safe out there. Sheriff Wynn M. Meehan

Per Meagher County Sheriff's Office FB All evacuation restrictions have been lifted for Grassy Mountain at this time. Thank you all for you understanding and patience during this time.

A Message from Vigilante Electric Cooperative: “We are expecting to have the power restored to the Grassy Mountain subdivision around noon today.  Give or take a couple hours.  At this time, we still have at least one pole to set and a few spans of wire to string in.  We made good progress yesterday.  Again, this was very dangerous work, in steep and rugged terrain and I am proud of the way the guys handled the adversities.  In addition, I am very pleased and encouraged with the way the entire group of diverse interests related to this fire came together and worked as a team to get us through what started as literally a life or death crisis.  Kudos to all involved because it did take a true team effort!!  Rollie Miller, General Manager”  (

A reminder to all residents who were previously evacuated: you are in the “SET” status and should be prepared to evacuate if fire weather or behavior changes.

Fire Management Information: The Deep Creek Fire is being managed for full suppression. The landscape consists of heavy timber in drainage bottoms and interspersed meadows in the upper slopes, as well as rocky areas with discontinuous vegetation.

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Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseThe Cause Is Still Under Investigation
Date of OriginSunday June 13th, 2021 approx. 03:45 PM
Location18 Miles of Townsend, MT
Incident DescriptionWildfire
Coordinates46.349 latitude, -111.165 longitude

Current Situation

Size4,648 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained98%
Estimated Containment DateThursday July 08th, 2021 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Short Grass (1 foot)

Timber (Litter and Understory)

Light Logging Slash

Significant Events





Projected Incident Activity


Reduced area closure issued July 2, 2021