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State Creek Fire

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Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
420 Barrett St
Dillon, MT 59725

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Dillon Ranger District
Phone: 406-683-3900
Hours: M-F 8:00 - 4:30

State Creek Fire Information
Phone: 406-356-6521
Hours: 7:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.

State Creek Fire Update September 15, 2020

State Creek Fire Wildfire
News – 9/15/2020


State Creek Fire

September 15, 2020               Contact State Creek Fire Information: 406-356-6521

Email:  2020.StateCreek@firenet                                                                  Hours 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

WHAT:                                                   Wildland Fire

DATE OF DETECTION:                        August 29, 2020

CAUSE:                                                   Lightning

CURRENT SIZE:                                     3,140 acres


LOCATION                                             Approximately 16 miles NE of Whitehall, 2 miles NE of WhitetailReservoir

JURISDICTION:                                     Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest

RESOURCES ON THE FIRE:  2 Medium Helicopters, 1 Water Tender, 1 Skidgen, 6 Type 6 Engines, 1 Smoke Jumper Module (7 person),  1 Type 2 IA (20 person) and miscellaneous overhead for a total of 152 personnel.

NARRATIVE:  The State Creek Fire was detected August 29, 2020. This fire is located on the Butte Ranger District and currently is 3,140 acres in an area difficult for firefighters to access due to rough terrain, numerous snags, and a significant amount of dead and down trees.  Some of the strategic objectives for this fire include protect private residences and structures, protect heritage sites, keep fire off private land when possible, minimize effects to fish populations and minimize the spread of noxious and invasive weeds. This fire will continue to put up visible smoke as interior pockets of unburned fuels continue to burn. The fire may become more active, due to weather, until there is a season ending event of moisture.  A Type 4 local organization will assume command of the fire, Wednesday, September 16, 2020, at 6:00 p.m.

YESTERDAY’S ACTIVITY:  Aviation was used to slow fire spread to the north. Crews continued to re-enforce prepared lines and keep fire within the indirect lines.

TODAY’S WEATHER/FIRE BEHAVIORWarm and dry conditions are expected to continue.  Minimum relative humidity values will again lower into the low teens with afternoon westerly wind gusts up to 20 mph.  Today will be mostly sunny with maximum temperatures 71-76°.  Minimum humidity will be 11-16%.  Smoke is also expected to linger over the region, at least until Thursday.

TODAY’S PLAN:  Crews will secure blackline with mop up from a small slop over on the east side. An area north of FS Road 8592 will be prepped for a possible burnout operation in the future.  Crews will continue to hold roads and containment lines previously burned, to prevent fire progression to the south and east.

SPECIAL CONCERNS & CLOSURES:  Public and firefighter’s safety is always the primary concern . The Forest Service (FS) and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) issued closure orders for the area around the fire including roads and trails. A Temporary Flight Restriction is in effect for the area.  The area will continue to experience significant smoke from fires to the west.  Please check InciWeb for the current order if recreating in the area. 

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