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Blacktail Fire

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Helena - Lewis and Clark National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
2880 Skyway Drive Helena Montana 59602
Helena, MT 59602

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Blacktail Fire Update

Blacktail Fire Wildfire
News – 9/13/2017

Fire Information Line: (406) 333-1544

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Important – Drones are prohibited in the fires vicinity & have potential to shut down all operations.

Start date: September 10, 2017

Location: Southeast of Two Dot, Montana

Cause: Lightning

Size: 4000-5000

Total Personnel: 100 personnel

Resources Assigned: Cain’s Nevada Interagency Type III Incident Management Team assumed command of the Blacktail fire yesterday. This fire includes both Federal and Private Lands in Meagher, Wheatland and Sweet Grass Counties.

Fire History: The fire was reported at approximately 1500 hours on Sunday September 10, 2017. Nine smokejumpers initial attacked the fire and were assisted by local resources including volunteer fire departments from Two Dot, Melville, Wheatland and Sweet Grass counties. Firefighting efforts were assisted with two helicopter and single engine air tankers dropping retardant as needed. Suppression efforts have been hampered by high winds coupled with steep rocky terrain. Active fire behavior has been reported on the fire into the early morning hours.

Planned Operations: Cain’s Nevada Interagency Type III Incident Management Team took command of the fire late Tuesday night. Firefighters are working on improving identified contingency lines and scouting for opportunities to build control lines on the southern flank. In addition firefighters will be scouting for opportunities to use strategic firing operations to prevent further fire spread onto private lands.

Closures: Forest Road 654 as well as Forest Trails 630A and 640 are closed at this time. For more details on the closure please check inciweb:

Weather: Isolated thunderstorms are expected this evening, mostly cloudy with a chance of scattered showers. Temperatures will be in the mid-70’s today and relative humidity’s will be in the upper 20’s. Rain showers are expected throughout the fire area much of Thursday. While these showers are not expected to put out the fire they will assist the firefighters in building fireline.