Helena - Lewis and Clark National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
2880 Skyway Drive Helena Montana 59602
Helena, MT 59602
PARK CREEK FIRE
FIRE INFORMATION FACT SHEET
Date: July 15, 2017 at 3 p.m.
Approximate Size: 40+ acres
Reported: Friday, July 14, 2017
Location: T15N, R9W, Section 26.
UPDATE: Due to the fire activity in the heavy, dead timber and the need for additional resources, a Type 2 Incident Management Team will be assuming management of the Park Creek Fire tomorrow (Sunday, July 16th). There will also be a community meeting tomorrow at 7 pm at the Lincoln Community Hall.
Sparked by lightning on Friday, July 14th, the Park Creek Fire is now actively burning in heavy, dense snag patches of timber in steep rugged terrain north of Lincoln Montana. Smoke is, and will remain very visible, throughout the day.
Safety is our #1 priority! Due to the heavy snag patches, steep terrain and weather forecast, firefighters are using indirect initial attack tactics, and working where it is safe to do so.
Three 20-person fire crews, fire engines and two helicopters have been ordered to help assist suppression efforts going on by the Forest Service-Lincoln District, DNRC and Lincoln Rural Fire personnel currently working the fire. Fire behavior is anticipated to be very active through the fuel/snag patches; and could become more active later this afternoon due to anticipated weather conditions.
Closure: A temporary trail closure is in place due to fire activity. The closure covers Trail #418 from the trailhead on Sucker Creek Road to Snowbank Lake; and Trail #417 from the end of Forest Service Road #1821 to Stonewall Mountain Lookout.
Weather Forecast: Today’s forecast calls for continued hot, dry conditions. Temperatures are slated to be in the upper 80s at higher elevations (mid-90s at lower elevations), low relative humidity levels, and a chance of thunderstorms and gusty winds moving into the area this afternoon and evening.