Helena - Lewis and Clark National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
2880 Skyway Drive
Helena, MT 59602
PARK CREEK FIRE
FIRE INFORMATION FACT SHEET
Date: July 16, 2017 at 8:30 a.m.
Approximate Size: 275 acres
Reported: Friday, July 14, 2017
Location: T15N, R9W, Section 26 – Lincoln Ranger District
Due to the fire activity in the heavy, dead timber and the need for additional resources, Diane Hutton’s Type 2 Incident Management Team (IMT) will be assuming management of the Park Creek Fire. There will be a community meeting Sunday, July 16 at 7 pm at the Lincoln Community Hall.
Sparked by lightning on Friday, July 14th, the Park Creek Fire is 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.
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. Fire personnel will be concentrating on the south end of the fire, in an effort to protect DNRC and private Fire behavior is expected to be very active through the fuel/snag patches; and could become more active later this afternoon due to forecasted windy conditions.
Additional resources, including the Type 2 IMT, two 20-person fire crews, multiple fire engines, and two more helicopters have been ordered to help assist suppression efforts by the Forest Service-Lincoln District, DNRC and Lincoln Rural Fire personnel.
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: There is a Red Flag Warning today for lower relative humidity levels and gusty west winds; however, temperatures are slated to be in the mid-70s.