Helena - Lewis and Clark National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
2880 Skyway Drive Helena Montana 59602
Helena, MT 59602
For Immediate Release
Fire Information Contact: Kelly Coughlin, Carissa Silvis
September 16, 2017 Morning update
Location: Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest
Date Started: July, 14, 2017
Acres Burned: 18,000
Heavy Equipment: 6
Water Tenders: 3
Total personnel assigned: 139
Fire Update and Fire Behavior:
On September 20, 2017, management of the Park Creek Fire will be handed back to the Lincoln Ranger District. The fire has received enough rain and snow that fire spread is no longer a concern. The fire area would have to experience sustained warm and dry conditions to regain activity. The weather forecast is calling for brief period of warmer and dryer conditions after Sunday, but another storm system with more moisture and continued low temperatures is expected starting Tuesday. The fire perimeter has not changed. The Emergency Area Closure will remain in place as firefighters continue to do rehabilitation work as conditions allow. Firefighters will be careful to limit resource damage. Cold temperatures, slick road conditions, and poor visibility are the main safety concerns for fire crews. The safety of fire personnel and human life remain the highest priority.
The Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest has established an information line with closure details, fire information contact numbers, and organizations to contact for donations. Please call 406-495-3767. September 15, 2017, the Lincoln Ranger District reduced the Emergency Area Closure over the Park Creek Fire. Sucker Creek Road and Copper Creek Road are open, but Beaver Creek Road over Huckleberry Summit to the Forest Boundary will remain closed for public and firefighter safety. All areas within the current fire perimeter remain closed, as well. The Bureau of Land Management has not made any changes to the Emergency Area Closure just North of Highway 200 into the Marcum Mountain and Kershaw Mountain areas. Officials for both the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management will evaluate the potential for adjusting closure areas when they feel the threat to public safety due to fire no longer exists. There are no evacuations at this time for the Park Creek Fire. For updated area closures for Alice Creek, Rice Ridge and Park Creek fires, please visit InciWeb. Please be mindful when traveling into portions of the now open areas that have been burned. Be alert for unstable trees, slippery roads, and other hazards which may be present. Although the Lincoln area is receiving precipitation, the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest remains in the amended Stage 1 Fire Restrictions – all campfires are banned. 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. These restrictions will be reviewed by state, county and federal officials when they feel fire danger is no longer a threat for both private and public lands.