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West Wind

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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. 

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginTuesday November 30th, 2021 approx. 11:14 PM
LocationFire originated 10 miles West of Denton
Incident CommanderDon Pyrah, County Assist Team
Incident DescriptionThe 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).
Coordinates47.278 latitude, -110.171 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel140
Size10,644 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Fuels Involved

Grasslands, pasture, riparian wetlands

Significant Events

minimal, smoldering fire behavior. Smoldering of hot spots in/near structures within Denton and interior shelter belts in rural areas.


Planned Actions

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.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

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.