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Black Mountain

Unit Information

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

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Incident Contact

Information Officer
Email: 2021blackmountain@firenet.gov
Phone: 406-624-9452
Hours: Daily 8 am - 8 pm

Highlighted Activity

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News - 07/30/2021
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The lightning-caused Black Mountain fire was reported to the Dillon Interagency Dispatch Center on July 17, 2021. The fire is located 13 miles south of Jackson, MT and east of Skinner Lake and Skinner Meadows in both the Dillon and Wisdom Ranger Districts. Due to current access issues, heavy dead and down fuel and expected fire behavior, fire managers are preparing indirect line around many parts of the fire to protect the highest values at risk. These tactics may change should conditions warrant.

The fire is being managed by the Southwest Type 1 Team #1, Incident Commander Alan Sinclair.  

Forest Closure Orders are in effect for the fire area. Please see up to date closure order at Beaverhead-Deerlodge NF: Beaverhead-Deerlodge NF Closure.  

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning
Date of OriginSaturday July 17th, 2021 approx. 01:30 PM
Location13 miles south of Jackson, MT. 20 miles east of Salmon, ID
Incident CommanderAlan Sinclair, Southwest Type 1 Team #1
Coordinates45.185 latitude, -113.474 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel78
Size1,021 Acres
Estimated Containment DateSunday October 31st, 2021 approx. 06:00 PM
Fuels Involved

Timber(Grass and Understory)

Heavy Logging Slash

Brush (2 feet)

Significant Events

Moderate uphill runs, backing, single tree torching

Active to moderate fire behavior due to change in wind and increased drying.

Outlook

Planned Actions

Div W - Continue to prep indirect holding lines from Skinner Meadows to Bloody Dick Road. Make sure structure protection plan is briefed and understood by resources

Div Z - Prepare indirect holding lines utilizing heavy equipment and crew. Once indirect lines are complete resources will begin prepping contingency lines.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours: Single tree torching, backing and flanking. Fire expected to burn into the early nighttime hours.

24 hours: Wind expected out of the east, fire expected to burn towards the west. Moderate fire behavior expected, single tree torching, short uphill runs. Wind alignment with terrain would increase fire behavior.

48 hours: Low to moderate fire activity due to increased cloud cover, humidity and potential for rain.

72 hours: Low to moderate fire activity due to increased cloud cover, humidity and potential for rain.

Anticipated after 72 hours: Low to moderate fire activity due to increased cloud cover, humidity and potential for rain.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Today on the fire temperatures reached in to the upper 80s with humidity in the high teens and northeast winds gusting into the teens so far this afternoon, and northeast winds are expected to gust 20-25 mph on the Trail Creek fire this evening.

Tomorrow humidity will trend upward a few percent with similar temperatures. Winds will turn southeast and gust 15-20 mph in the late afternoon. There is a 40% chance of thunderstorms in the area tomorrow.