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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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Morning update for Park Creek Fire - August 4

Park Creek Fire Wildfire
News – 8/4/2017



August 4, 2017 9:00 am

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

DATE OF DETECTION: Friday, July 14, 2017

CAUSE: Lightning

CURRENT SIZE: 5,184 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

COOPERATING AGENCIES: Lewis & Clark County, Montana DNRC, Lincoln Fire Rescue

PERSONNEL AND RESOURCES ON THE FIRE:Resources assigned to the fire include ten 20-person crews, sixteen engines, one helicopter, and heavy equipment. Total personnel working on the incident is 361.

YESTERDAY’S ACTIVITY: This was a quiet day of activity typified by the burning of large fuels within the fire’s perimeter. As temperatures warmed, there were two areas on the southern edge and one area on the northern edge that burned with increased intensity, but within the control lines. Crews patrolled for hot spots and conducted mop-up operations along the fuel break. There’s been no additional spots for the past two days. The spot that spilled onto State land is completely controlled with very little heat remaining. The Lewis and Clark County Sheriff’s Department lifted the evacuation order for upper Stonewall Creek Road at 4:00pm.

TODAY’S WEATHER: Another system is moving in. Winds will switch to the northwest and relative humidity will again be dropping into the teens to twenties. Temperatures will rise into the high 80s during the day. Expect winds from 10-15 mph with gusts to 25 and winds switching to the northeast as a cold front passes in midafternoon. There will be a slight chance of widely scattered thunderstorms as the front passes.

TODAY’S PLANNED ACTIVITY: With the influx of additional crews over the past two days, operations will consist of methodical mop-up along the control line combined with a watchful eye for spots. There are no burnout operations planned for this shift.

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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