Helena - Lewis and Clark National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
2880 Skyway Drive
Helena, MT 59602
Crucifixion Creek, Strawberry Creek, & Scalp Fires
Rocky Mountain Ranger District
Monday, September 18, 2017
Contact: Rocky Mountain Ranger District, 406-466-5341
Media Contact: Ashley Snellman, 406-439-1226
Location: CRUCIFIXION CREEK Approximately 10 miles west of Heart Butte, in the Badger-Two Medicine area; STRAWBERRY CREEK—Eastern edge of fire is approximately ½ mile east of Swift Dam and extends south to Sheep Creek on the state land, 17 miles west of Dupuyer; SCALP—Approximately 7 miles west of Teton Pass Ski Area.
Fire Management: Today’s planned actions: Crucifixion Creek-The Columbine Wildland Fire Module is working out of the Badger Cabin, assessing and clearing of trails as well as dismantling structure protection previously installed. Strawberry-Ground crews are working on putting any visible smokes out, rehab any trails and falling any hazardous snags. Scalp-Fire personnel near Gates Park will be assessing the condition of the trails and gathering up equipment for later removal. Other crews will continue working on projects for the Ranger District as well as consolidation and removal of unneeded fire equipment. Fire management will take a recon flight today if conditions allow. We will be transitioning from the Type 3 Incident Management Team to a Type 4 Incident Management Team on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 0700. We still have trail and area closures in place on each of these fires but they have been reduced in size. There are still some areas that need to be assessed for hazards before they can be opened. Please refer to the BMWC map attached or visit Inciweb.
Crucifixion Creek Fire Update (11,008 Acres): No new activity to report.
Strawberry Creek Fire Update (20,894 Acres): The size has changed due to updated information and more accurate mapping.
Scalp Fire Update (20,810 Acres): The size has changed due to updated information and more accurate mapping.
Heart Butte Air Quality: Theair quality monitor that has been set up in Heart Butte, is planned to be removed this afternoon.
Weather: A cold frontal passage from west to east today will give the best chance at wetting rains across the region, with the best chances over the southern portion of the Rocky Mountain Ranger Districts. Behind the cold front, west winds will increase through Tuesday along the Rocky Mountain Front and out onto the plains, while showers will continue to impact primarily the more interior mountainous portion of the Rocky Mountain Ranger Districts.
Additional Information: A PUBLIC AUTOMATED INFORMATION LINE was established for Alice Creek, Park Creek, Crucifixion Creek, Strawberry Creek, Scalp, & Rice Ridge Fires. This number is (406) 495-3767. The Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex and the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest remain in Stage 1 fire restrictions. Coordination regarding fire restrictions will continue with our partners and local cooperators and appropriate changes will be made.
For more information and any updates on these fires, please go to Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5528/