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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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Park Creek fire morning update for July 20, 2017

Park Creek Fire Wildfire
News – 7/20/2017


July 20, 2017 9:00 am

Phone: 406-370-2144 or 406-422-2615

DATE OF DETECTION: Friday, July 14, 2017 CAUSE: Lightning CURRENT SIZE: 1,964 acres (updated from early morning infra-red detection flight) CONTAINMENT: 5% LOCATION: Two miles north of Lincoln, MT JURISDICTION: Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest, Lincoln Ranger District COOPERATING AGENCIES: Lewis & Clark County, Montana DNRC, Lincoln Fire Rescue

PERSONNEL AND RESOURCES ON THE FIRE:Resources assigned to the fire include two 20-person crews, four engines, miscellaneous heavy equipment, and two helicopters. Total personnel working on the incident is 133. Support from aircraft and local fire engines is available, as needed.

YESTERDAY’S ACTIVITY: The fire continued to be active in the large dead and downed logs with short duration crown runs through pockets of bug-killed trees, including along the thermal belt at mid-elevation during the nighttime hours. Structure protection was completed on the Stonewall Mountain Lookout. Various aerial resources assisted with the initial response of new starts reported in the area. TODAY’S WEATHER: Today’s weather forecast calls for the passage of a dry cold front from the west, with gusty winds and low relative humidity predicted. There is a RED FLAG WARNING in effect from noon today until Friday night. Areas exposed to the influence of the wind are expected to burn actively with short crown runs and potential for short-range spotting. TODAY’S PLANNED ACTIVITY: Crews and heavy equipment (feller-bunchers and skidders) will extend the fuel break along the forest boundary to the west, establishing a barrier to surface fire spread along the DNRC and private lands. Helicopters are available for water drops when needed. The fire is expected to continue to burn actively in the head of Park Creek, advancing to the northeast. SPECIAL CONCERNS: Steep rugged terrain, large dead fuels and numerous snags are the primary safety concerns for fire crews. Fuels available to burn are still green but are expected to dry and cure in the coming week. CLOSURES: Temporary trail and road closures are in place to provide for public safety during the fire. Please adhere to these closures to ensure everyone’s safety. · 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.

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