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Crown Mountain Fire

Unit Information

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

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Incident Contact

Chiara Cipriano
Phone: 406-594-6497

Highlighted Activity

10/18/2021 Crown Mountain Closure resized
 As of October 17, the Crown Mountain Fire Closure has been resized click related links to view a map of the current closure.  AREA CLOSURE DESCRIPTION:The area closure applies to the National...
Closure - 10/18/2021

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseUnder Investigation
Date of OriginMonday October 04th, 2021 approx. 02:00 PM
Location16 miles west of Augusta, Montana
Incident CommanderAnthony Emacio ICT4 Noelle Zinn ICT4 (T)
Incident DescriptionThe Crown Mountain Fire started within the Forest boundary of the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest some 16 miles west of Augusta, MT, in the northeast corner of quadrant 26. Local resources engaged with full suppression actions maintaining the safety of fire personnel and the public as the number one priority. During the initial three days, gusty winds, unseasonably high temperatures, and dry conditions resulted in active fire behavior and dangerous firefighting conditions for direct attack on the fire. These circumstances forced air and ground crews to disengage from the fire on 10/5 and 10/6. The fire is burning within portions of the footprint of the 1988 Canyon Creek Fire. Fire personnel installed point protection on threatened ranches adjacent to the Forest boundary in Smith Creek as well as in the Benchmark corridor to include Double Falls recreational cabins and structures in the Ford Creek area. The containment withstood winds exceeding 50mph on 10/9 and 10/10 ahead of a cold front that moved in. From 10/11 until present cooler conditions have prevailed with 2 inches of snow falling on the fire area on 10/12. The fire is burning in steep, rugged terrain and fueled by regenerated Lodgepole pine and heavy stands of Douglas fir. Light smoke is occasionally visible from Choteau, Augusta, and along Montana State Highway 287. Please be cautious of fire traffic working in and around Augusta, Smith Creek, and the Benchmark Corridor.
Coordinates47.379 latitude, -112.701 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel66
Size1,379 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained5%
Estimated Containment DateSunday October 31st, 2021 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

1988 Canyon Creek Fire footprint, heavy douglas fir stands

Significant Events

There are 90 personnel assigned that are also managing the Elk Creek Fire and Falls Creek Fire that started Saturday.


Planned Actions

Assessment of fire spread and continue direct and indirect tactics with the highest probability of

success. Look for opportunities to contain edges.


Benchmark Road has reopened. Beaver Willow Road will be open until it closes for the season on October 15.

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