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
Friday, September 22, 2017
Updated: Fire restrictions changed slightly and a few more trails opened up for public use.
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 fixing fence around the horse corrals. This crew will likely be engaged in these activities through the weekend and have made great progress. Materials have been flown in to help assist the crews with these projects. Strawberry-Ground crews are working on rehabilitating dozer line, falling hazardous snags, and putting out any visual interior smokes. 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 and updated as of today, Friday, September 22, 2017. 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: A large upper level disturbance will bring widespread rain and snow showers today. Snow should remain above 4000 feet for most areas...with accumulating snow remaining above 4500 feet. Winds will switch to the north northeast for most areas...and be a bit breezy at times today. RH values will be high with cold temperatures. Precipitation goes on a diminishing trend tonight. Continued cool conditions...light winds...and some scattered showers are then expected for Saturday.
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 Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest, including the Scapegoat and Bob Marshall Wilderness on the Lincoln and Rocky Mountain Ranger Districts of the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest, remain in Stage 1 fire restrictions, however, we’ve amended the closure to include the exemption of campfires in metal rings to be allowed. 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/