Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
420 Barrett St Dillon Montana 59725
Dillon, MT 59725
Conrow Fire Fact Sheet
Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forests
August 29, 2017
Date of Detection & Cause: August 24, 2017 - Lightning
Size: 2,727 acres
Structures Threatened: 26
Structures Lost: 0
Estimated Containment Date: September 2, 2017
Location: 7 miles north and east of Whitehall, MT
Incident Management Team: Tyler Hecht's Nevada Type III Interagency Team
Resources on the Fires: The total number of personnel on the incident is 145. Resources assigned comprise 4 crews (including 2 Hotshot Crews), 1 helicopter, 4 engines, 3 dozers, 6 water tenders.
Fire Information Phone: 406-200-9434
Hours: 8:00 am to 8:00 pm
National Fire Information website: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov; Select “Conrow Fire” in Montana
Jefferson County Montana Sheriff’s Office Facebook page has more local fire information and LiveStreaming videos of Conrow Fire Public meetings.
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 residence and cattle ranch operations along the Highway 69 corridor. Structure assessments will continue in the Antelope Lane area as a precautionary measure. Fire managers have now placed the north, east, and south flanks of the fire in a monitor and patrol status. Fire line rehabilitation efforts will continue on these portion of fire. Two Air National Guard Chinook helicopters have been assigned to the Conrow Fire with water bucket drop capabilities.
Yesterday: Another good day of accomplishment for firefighters as another large segment of containment was added along both hand and dozer containment lines. Fire activity was again low which contributed to containment gains. Retardant planes were used effectively to check fire spread on the northwestern flank. A spike camp on the western flank of fire was established for crews to reduce travel time.
Today: Burn out operations on the west flank may still be conducted to reinforce these containment lines. As part of the monitor and patrol activities, engine crews will continue mop-up actions along these containment lines and patrol for hot 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 low 90’s and RH’s 10-15%. Ridgetop winds will be variable but becoming northwest, 5-15 mph late in day. This regional emerging drought condition with significant rain deficits is beginning to affect live fuel moistures down to critical levels.
Evacuations or Closures: There are no area, trail or road closures. Stage I Fire restrictions are in effect so refer to www.firerestrictions.us for details. Preparedness Notice of fire in area along theHighway 69 corridor and Antelope Lane is in place.
Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR): A TFR encompasses the fire area. For more information http://tfr.faa.gov/.
Jefferson County Commissioners, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Jefferson County DES, Whitehall VFD,Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service