Helena - Lewis and Clark National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
2880 Skyway Drive
Helena, MT 59602
Hours: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Tuesday, June 15, 2021
RED FLAG WARNING: HOT, DRY AND WINDY CONDITIONS TODAY WILL CONTINUE TO CHALLENGE FIREFIGHTERS AND AERIAL RESOURCES
Size: Estimated at 180 acres
Location: Fire is North of Highway 12 in the Deep Creek Canyon area near Townsend, Montana.
Cause: The cause of the fire is still under investigation, however, responding personnel discovered a fallen tree had caused a downed powerline.
Activity & Management: Today’s activity for ground crews will be to continue constructing hand line and dozer line directly along the fire’s perimeter. A hose lay is in place and will continue from Highway 12 along the East flank of the fire to cool the visible smokes along the highway and East flank. Helicopters will be used to support the ground crews throughout the fire and along the fire’s perimeter. A reconnaissance flight has been ordered for today to get a good visual of the entire fire. We will continue to post a fact sheet on social media and provide one at the Townsend Ranger District, Belt Creek-White Sulphur Springs Ranger District, and local businesses in the Townsend and White Sulphur Springs areas.
RED FLAG WARNING
Weather: High pressure aloft over Montana will continue to bring hot and dry conditions to the wildfire area today. A dry surface cool front moves eastward from the Pacific Northwest, passing through western and central Montana this afternoon and producing wind gusts up to 30 mph out of the southwest. Minimum relative humidity percentages will drop into the single digits to lower teens this afternoon with overnight recoveries expected to be very poor.
Background: Smoke was reported on June 13th. The fire grew quickly and local resources, Broadwater County Rural Fire Department, Broadwater County Sherriff Department, Montana Highway Patrol, Montana Department of Natural Resources, and Forest Service arrived and anchored in at Highway 12. Monday, June 14th the fire transitioned to a Type 3 Incident Team, and in addition to numerous ground and air resources. Ground crews worked the East and West flanks of the fire and made progress with helicopters dropping water, extinguishing the hot spots along the perimeter of the fire. Broadwater County Sherriff’s Office helped manage traffic on Highway 12 and narrowed traffic down to one lane near the fire.
Fire Management Information: The Deep Creek Fire is being managed for full suppression. The landscape consists of heavy timber in drainage bottoms and interspersed meadows in the upper slopes, as well as rocky areas with discontinuous vegetation.
Additional Information: No closures are in place currently. Structures are considered threatened. Today’s weather is hot, dry and windy. Firefighter safety and hydration is a concern.