Montana Department of Natural Resources & Conservation
1539 Eleventh Ave.
Helena, MT 59601
The West Wind Fire was first reported on Tuesday, November 30, 2021 as a start in Judith Basin County that quickly spread into Fergus County. High winds pushed the fire into the town of Denton, MT where multiple structures were threatened. 25 primary structures, 18 secondary structures and 6 commercial structures are destroyed. The fire was caused by a powerline.
A number of mutual aid resources have responded to the fire, including Fergus County Sheriff's Office, Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, and local firefighting resources.
The West Wind Fire Inciweb page will no longer be updated after 12/4/2021.
|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Tuesday November 30th, 2021 approx. 11:14 PM|
|Location||Fire originated 10 miles West of Denton|
|Incident Commander||Don Pyrah, County Assist Team|
|Incident Description||The fire was reported at 23:14 Nov 30th in Judith Basin County but quickly into Fergus County. The DNRC County Assist Team assumed command at noon on December 2, 2021. Hwy 81 is closed (Junction 80 to Denton, just west of town).|
|Coordinates||47.278 latitude, -110.171 longitude|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||100%|
Grasslands, pasture, riparian wetlands
minimal, smoldering fire behavior. Smoldering of hot spots in/near structures within Denton and interior shelter belts in rural areas.
Mop up fire in rural area up to 200 feet in. Salvage and overhaul of structures in Denton. Confirm damaged and destroyed structures and develop final GIS database of damage assessment. Suppression repairs in rural areas.
|Projected Incident Activity|
Continued smoldering of hot spots in the town of Denton; possibility of spread minimal.
Chance of rain/snow on Saturday with SE winds at 10 to 15 mph, gusts up to 30 mph. Ridgetop winds from the west around 55 mph.