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
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
NOTE: The public meeting in Heart Butte has been cancelled for Wednesday, September 20, 2017
This will be the last fact sheet update unless there are significant changes
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-Ground crews are still working out of the Badger Cabin, assessing and clearing the trails and dismantling the structure protection. This crew will likely be engaged in these activities through the rest of the week and have made great progress. There may be some backhaul operations today using the Helicopter to transport materials and equipment. Strawberry-Ground crews are working on rehabilitating dozer line and assessing additional needs and falling hazardous snags. Scalp-Structure protection is still in place on Wrong Creek cabin. All fire personnel that were near Gates Park on the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest are no longer on the fire. A few ground crews are still on the Flathead National Forest side rehabbing and clearing trails since the west side of the fire didn’t get the same amount of moisture. Bear Top Lookout is still going to be up and available through the possible warming trend next week. 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 at the address shown below.
Crucifixion Creek Fire Update (11,008 Acres): No new activity to report.
Strawberry Creek Fire Update (20,894 Acres): No new activity to report.
Scalp Fire Update (20,810 Acres): No new activity to report.
Weather: Strong westerly flow ahead of an approaching disturbance will bring breezy conditions today. Down-sloping flow may also bring lower RH values throughout the day...although still above critical levels. Scattered showers will then start to push in this afternoon and evening...with temperatures similar to yesterday. Weak cold front will then push through Thursday...perhaps bringing more scattered rain showers and some mountain snow. Widespread rain and mountain snow showers...with cooler conditions...are then expected for Friday.
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/