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Morgan & Butler Fires Update

Incident: Morgan and Butler Fires Wildfire
Released: 8/4/2017


Morgan and Butler Wildfires

August 4, 2017 Contact: Wisdom Ranger District (406) 689-3243

What: Wildland Fires

Detected: Morgan Fire July 31 3:00 pm; Butler Fire August 1, 4:20 pm

Cause: Lightning

Current Size: Morgan Fire – 10 acres, Butler Fire – 17 acres

Containment: Morgan Fire – 100%; Butler Fire – 50%

Resources on Fire: Morgan Fire - 2 Type 2 Handcrews, and local Engine 3, 4 rappellers

Butler Fire – 18 Smokejumpers, 1 Type 2 Initial Attack crew, 1 Type 1 Handcrew (Roosevelt Hotshots),

Total personnel on both fires – 106

Additional Resources used: Retardant and Helicopter water drops

Resources Ordered: Air Support (Helicopters)

Location: Approximately 16 miles west of Wisdom, MT

Narrative: Both fires are burning in inventoried roadless areas in dead and down Lodgepole pine, subalpine fir and Spruce.

The Morgan was declared contained at 6:00 PM, August 4, 2017. Personnel are still on site finishing mop up work and walking grids in the unburned-green area checking for potential spots.

On the Butler fire, crews have dug hand lands around approximatly 75% of the main fire body. Spots have been put out up to 1/3 of a mile of the main fire. Helicpoters are still aiding with bucket drops and an infrared flight has been ordered for tomorrow night to check for hot spots.


1. Forest Service Road 624 (Gibbonsville Rd) from the intersection with Forest Service Road 944 to the Montana/Idaho Border;

2. Continental Divide National Scenic Trail (CDNST), from the intersection with Forest Service Trail 3002 in T5S., R17W., Section 32 to the Montana/Idaho border in T.5S., R18W, Section 1.

Additional closures were implemented on the Salmon-Challis NF to the west to ensure folks cannot access the fire area.

Unit Information

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Beaverhead/Deerlodge National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
420 Barrett St Dillon Montana 59725
Dillon, MT 59725

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