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Park Creek Fire

Unit Information

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

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9/11/17 Update

Park Creek Fire Wildfire
News – 9/11/2017


Park Creek Fire

Lincoln Ranger District

Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest

For Immediate Release
Fire Information Contact: Kary Maddox September 11, 2017 Morning update 406-318-7002

Location: Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest

Date Started: July, 14, 2017

Containment: 56%

Injuries: 5

Acres Burned: 17,745

Cause: Lightning/Natural


Engines: 6

Heavy Equipment: 8

Water Tenders: 6

Helicopters: 2

Total personnel assigned: 131

Fire Update and Fire Behavior:

The fire is established in the headwaters of Dry Creek and continues to back down the west aspect of Arrastra Mountain. Fire crested the unnamed peak to the south of Arrastra Mountain and slopped over to the south aspect above Huckleberry Saddle. Small-scale burnout operations were conducted to secure parts of Beaver Creek Road. Air operations will continue with water bucket drops on the active fire areas to the west of Arrastra Creek, focused on keeping the fire from crossing Beaver Creek Rd (4106). The air assets at the Lincoln airport are supporting Rice Ridge, Alice Creek, and Park Creek fires. From Huckleberry Saddle down Dry Creek Road, contingency line is being constructed with heavy equipment to create a fuel break aimed at keeping the fire north of Dry Creek Road. This will tie in with line from the north end of Kleinschmidt Flat. Fire activity is moderate and terrain driven with uphill runs, backing, creeping and occasional single tree torching. Steep, rugged terrain, large dead and down fuels and numerous snags continue to be the primary safety concerns for fire crews. The safety of fire personnel and human life remain the highest priority.

Special Messages/Closures:

The Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest has established an information line with detailed closure information, fire information contact numbers, and organizations to contact for donations. Please call 406-495-3767.

To provide for firefighter and public safety during the fire, an Emergency Area Closure is in place for all National Forest Service lands, roads, and trails north of Highway 200. There are no evacuations at this time for the Park Creek Fire. Detailed information on Rice Ridge, Alice Creek, and other fires can be found on InciWeb.

The Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest is in Stage 1 Fire Restrictions – As of Saturday, September 2 at 12:01 AM, Stage 1 fire restrictions were amended to ban all campfires. Smoking is prohibited outside of buildings, vehicles and developed recreation sites, unless you are in a 3-foot-diameter area cleared of all burnable vegetation.