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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 Montana 59602
Helena, MT 59602

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Update for Park Creek fire - Aug 1

Park Creek Fire Wildfire
News – 8/1/2017


August 1, 2017 9:00 am

Phone: 406-750-8934 or 406-422-2615

DATE OF DETECTION: Friday, July 14, 2017

CAUSE: Lightning

CURRENT SIZE: 4,772 acres (updated from early morning infra-red detection flight)


LOCATION: Two miles north of Lincoln, MT

JURISDICTION: Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest, Lincoln Ranger District

Lewis & Clark County, Montana DNRC, Lincoln Fire Rescue

PERSONNEL AND RESOURCES ON THE FIRE:Resources assigned to the fire include five 20-person crews, eight engines, miscellaneous heavy equipment, and one helicopter. Total personnel working on the incident is 236.

YESTERDAY’S ACTIVITY: Yesterday was an active, productive day. The burnout operation plan began with the pre-treatment of the fuels bordering the burnout area with helicopter drops of water. At around 1200 noon, ignition began with both aerial and ground starts on the southeastern edge of the fire. The fuels burned quickly and by around 5:00pm were already beginning to cool down. Crews extended the burn into the Liverpool Creek drainage, diminishing available fuels north of the fuel break and leveraging the position of ground crews to defend the line should severe weather come through Tuesday night as predicted. Heavy smoke from two columns was visible in the Park Creek Drainage yesterday afternoon.

TODAY’S WEATHER: A Red Flag Warning was declared early this morning from 3:00 pm this afternoon until 3:00 am Wednesday morning. The winds associated with this weather pattern are predicted to shift from east/southeast to north/northeast through the night on Tuesday and into Wednesday morning.

TODAY’S PLANNED ACTIVITY: In preparation for the forecasted critical weather event this afternoon and into Wednesday morning, crews will monitor the fuel breaks for hot spots and burning logs rolling off the slopes. Additionally, they will search for spots and conduct mop-up as required. Today’s activity will also include pre-treatment of the green fuels along the fuel break and the cooling of hot spots to the north of Park Creek Road.

STRATEGY: The management strategy for this fire is to utilize burned areas from previous fire years to assist in the containment and maximize the use of mechanical equipment to minimize firefighter exposure to hazards/snags.

SPECIAL CONCERNS: Steep rugged terrain, large dead fuels and numerous snags are the primary safety concerns for fire crews. Grass and brush fuels are still green but are starting to dry and cure, becoming more available to burn. There is a temporary flight restriction (TFR) over the fire area (five mile radius around Stonewall Mountain and to 10,000 feet in elevation).

CLOSURES: Temporary area, 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. A map is posted on Inciweb at the link below.

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