Beaverhead/Deerlodge National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
420 Barrett St Dillon Montana 59725
Dillon, MT 59725
Date of Detection & Cause:
August 24, 2017, Lightning
Structures Threatened: 25
Structures Lost: 0
Estimated Containment Date
September 2 2017
Incident Management Team
7 miles north and east of Whitehall, MT
Tyler Hecht ‘s, Nevada Type III Interagency Team
Resources on the Fires
The total number of personnel on the incident is 108. Resources assigned comprise 3 crews (including 1 Hotshot Crew), 1 helicopter, 3 engines, 1 dozer, 4 water tenders.
Information Phone: 406-200-9434 Hours: 8:00 am to 8:00 pm
Public Meeting August 27 at Whitehall Community Center
Background: The lightning caused wildfire started on private land in Jefferson County within the Whitehall Fire District and has burned onto lands administered by the BLM and Forest Service. In coordination with Jefferson County, Montana DNRC, and BLM the Forest Service has taken the administrative lead in the fire suppression.
Objectives and Strategy: Firefighter and public safety is the first priority for suppression activities. This is a full suppression fire. Values at risk include electronic sites, active mining activities, and residences and cattle ranch operations along the Highway 69 corridor.
Yesterday: Burnout operations were conducted on both the southwest and southeast flanks of fire along both hand and dozer containment lines.
Today: Dozers will progress a containment line on the north flank of fire. Burn out operations may be conducted to reinforce these containment lines. Engine crews will mop-up along containment lines and patrol for spots. Helicopters will support ground-based efforts with water bucket drops to lessen heat on all flanks.
Weather: A high pressure system will continue to build bringing warm and dry conditions today with temperatures reaching the high 80’s and minimum relative humidity dropping to 10-15% in the afternoon. Ridgetop winds will be southwest, 5-10 mph with gusts to 15 mph.
Evacuations or Closures: Stage I Notice of fire in area along the Highway 69 corridor is in place.
Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR): A TFR encompasses the fire area. For more informationhttp://tfr.faa.gov/
More Information: Fire behavior can change rapidly and visitors are encouraged to visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5459/ for updated information. A gmail account has been established for the fire: firstname.lastname@example.org. A fire information phone line for the Conrow fire is 406-200-9434.