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Clover Fire

Unit Information

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

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Incident Contact

Clover Fire Information Line
Phone: 406-848-1282
Hours: M-F, 8-8p, S-S 8-8p

Highlighted Activity

08/07/2022 Clover Fire Update August 7, 2022
 Note:  For the near future, fire behavior is anticipated to be low.  Updates will no longer be completed daily.  The next update will be prepared when a significant change occurs. Yesterday’s..
News - 08/07/2022

08AUG22 - As fire behavior on the Clover Fire continues on a downward trend, updates for this fire will no longer be made daily. If there is a significant change, an update will be made at that time. Firefighters are patrolling and monitoring this fire to ensure it stays within constructed containment lines and working on suppression and repair objectives. The fire size remains at 1,099 acres. The percentage containment will continue to be updated on InciWeb as that increases. 
The Clover Fire started on July 13, 2022 as a result of a lightning strike. This wildfire is located in the Middle fork of Warm Springs Creek on the Madison Ranger District of the Beaverhead Deerlodge National Forest. The fire is currently being managed under a confine/contain strategy due to fuel conditions, geographic location and values at risk.  The objective is to contain the fire in the Middle Fork Warm Springs Creek drainage, utilizing fuel type changes, natural breaks and burnout operations. Firefighters will patrol and monitor the fire perimeter to ensure it stays within constructed containment lines.  Firefighters will also begin working on the suppression/repair phase. This includes collecting and piling unburnedtrimmed limbs near containment lines.  At a later date they will be burned in order to reduce fuels near containment lines, thereby strengthening the containment lines for future fire breaks.  

Safety of firefighters and the public are the highest priorities for incident management.  An area Closure Order remains in effect until October 30, 2022 or until rescinded, and can be viewed at the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest webpage:

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginWednesday July 13th, 2022 approx. 07:00 PM
LocationMiddle Fork of Warm Springs Creek
Incident CommanderIC Graeser, Type 4 IMT, TNF
Coordinates45.048 latitude, -111.87 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel78
Size1,103 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained51%
Fuels Involved

Timber (litter and understory)

Timber (grass and understory)

Significant Events

Minimal smoldering and creeping.


Planned Actions

Personnel will continue to identify and prepare primary, alternate, and contingency control lines utilizing natural features. Burnout operations on the fire will continue if fire activity and weather conditions permit. Personnel will continue to monitor fire activity, including spot fires, and complete indirect line.


We are now using a operational objective weighted scale matrix to determine percent containment for the Clover fire. Our operational objectives are:

Primary containment prep:15% of total operation, 90% completed.

Secondary line prep: 15% of total operation, 20% completed.

Burn out: 60% of total operation, 29% completed.

Suppression repair: 10% of total operation, 38% completed.

These add up to a weighted % total completion 37.7%

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms continue through the weekend.