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Park Creek Fire

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Helena - Lewis and Clark National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
2880 Skyway Drive
Helena, MT 59602

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7/17 Update 1400

Park Creek Fire Wildfire
News – 7/17/2017



Date: July 17, 2017

Approximate Size: 1,455 acres

Cause: Lightning

Total Resources Assigned: 99 personnel

Location: T15N, R9W, Section 26 – Lincoln Ranger District

Fire Information: 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 about four miles north of Lincoln, Montana. Smoke is, and will remain very visible, throughout the day.

Yesterday’s fire growth was the result of two primary factors: the fuel in which the fire was burning, primarily within the dense stands of dead timber, and the Red Flag Warning weather conditions, especially the winds that reached the fire.

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. As of yesterday, the handline was completed on the south end of the fire, and equipment will remove the dead timber on the southern end to allow firefighters a safe place to work. Fire personnel will continue to concentrate suppression efforts on the south end of the fire to help protect DNRC and private lands.

Diane Hutton’s Type 2 Incident Management Team (IMT) will assume management of the Park Creek Fire at the end-of-shift tonight; although, Lincoln District (FS), DNRC and Lincoln Rural Fire personnel will continue to assist on the fire.

Additional resources, including members of the Type 2 IMT, more 20-person fire crews, multiple fire engines, and two more helicopters have been ordered to help assist suppression effort.

Closures: Temporary trail and road closures are in-place to provide for public safety during the fire.

  • Trail closures: 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.
  • Road Closures: Forest Road #1800 (Sucker Creek Road) from the Forest Service boundary on the west to FS Road # 330 (Copper Creek Road) on the east; and FS #607 (Park Creek Road)from the intersection of Forest Road #4106 to the Forest Service boundary.

Weather Forecast: Today’s weather forecast is calling for temperatures in the 70s and less windy conditions reaching the fire. Thunderstorms may accumulate later this evening with the potential for isolated showers.

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