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Deep Creek Canyon Fire

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

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Phone: 406-272-6349
Hours: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Daily Update June 24, 2021

Deep Creek Canyon Fire Wildfire
News – 6/24/2021

Townsend RD: (406) 266-3425; White Sulphur Springs RD: (406) 547-3361
Website: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7536/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HLCNF
Twitter: @LewisandClarkNF
Email:  2021.deepcreekcanyon@firenet.gov
#DeepCreekFire


Incident Commander: Mike Goicoechea

This will be the last update for the Deep Creek Canyon Fire unless significant fire activity occurs.  Please contact your local Ranger District with questions.  Updates to the Area Closure will be available on the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest webpage and Facebook page.

Northern Rockies Team 1 will Transfer Command of the fire to local resources, with Kenny Spint as Incident Commander, at 7:30p.m. this evening. It has been a pleasure and honor to serve the communities of Townsend and White Sulphur Springs and outlying areas.

Firefighters continue to work alongside line personnel from Vigilante Electric Cooperative to remove hazard trees near Highway 12 and around power lines to mitigate risks to the traveling public and utility infrastructure.

A Message from Vigilante Electric Cooperative: “We are expecting to have the power restored to the Grassy Mountain subdivision around noon today.  Give or take a couple hours.  At this time, we still have at least one pole to set and a few spans of wire to string in.  We made good progress yesterday.  Again, this was very dangerous work, in steep and rugged terrain and I am proud of the way the guys handled the adversities.  In addition, I am very pleased and encouraged with the way the entire group of diverse interests related to this fire came together and worked as a team to get us through what started as literally a life or death crisis.  Kudos to all involved because it did take a true team effort!!  Rollie Miller, General Manager”  (www.facebook.com/vigilanteelectric)

Operations: Containment is now at 95%. Yesterday, Fire crews meticulously patrolled the perimeter of the fire looking for areas of heat.  No areas of heat were noted, outside of the 5% uncontained area on the northwest edge.  Firefighters will concentrate their efforts over the next several days to extinguish these pockets of heat.  Smoke from smoldering stumps and logs could be visible within the interior of the fire’s perimeter for the next several weeks.

Weather: Today will be sunny with temps ranging from 75-85F and a 30% chance of thunderstorms as a weak cold front passes through the area.  The cold front will cause a wind shift and gusts up to 30 mph today.  The extended forecast is calling for a slight chance of thunderstorms followed by the possibility of record-breaking heat.

Evacuations, Closures, and Additional Information:

The 35-mph maximum speed limit on Highway 12 between Townsend and White Sulphur Springs is strictly enforced for the safety of the public, firefighters, and the utility cooperators working in the fire area. Use extreme caution when traveling and DO NOT stop along the highway. EXPECT DELAYS and plan accordingly. The number one priority is firefighter and public safety.

Visit: https://go.usa.gov/x6UsE to view the map and Order #01-15-11-21-12 of the closure area. The closure order will be in effect until July 15, unless rescinded earlier. Know before you go!

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For wildfire preparedness information visit firewise.org and wildlandfirersg.org

For information about returning home after a wildfire visit: www.ready.gov/wildfires#after