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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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Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseHuman-caused; Under Investigation
Date of OriginMonday October 04th, 2021 approx. 02:00 PM
Location15 miles southwest of Augusta, Montana
Incident CommanderRocky Mountain District Duty Officer - Type IV IC
Incident DescriptionThe Crown Mountain Fire started within the Forest boundary of the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest some 15 miles southwest 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 Personnel4
Size1,379 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained30%
Estimated Containment DateSaturday December 11th, 2021 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

1988 Canyon Creek Fire footprint, heavy douglas fir stands

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