Helena - Lewis and Clark National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
2880 Skyway Drive
Helena, MT 59602
Balsinger, Woods Creek, and American Fork Fires Update
Friday August 27, 2021 – 10:00 am
Fire Department City of New York Type 2 Incident Management Team
Richard DePrima, Incident Commander – Balsinger and Woods Creek Fires
Albuquerque Zone Type 3 Incident Management Team
Zach Saavedra, Incident Commander – American Fork Fire
Information phone: 406-426-9612
Information staffing hours: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Special Notes: If you missed last night’s virtual meeting, it can be found at Facebook Live Community Meeting.
Forest Service Order Number 01-15-07-21-32 issued on August 26th, is in effect for the Balsinger Fire area of the Divide Complex Fire. For details see Order 01-15-07-21-32.
Effective today, Fire Updates will be released on Monday, Wednesday and Friday only. Daily Updates will no longer be issued.
Current Situation: Work continues today on strengthening containment and contingency lines and mopping up hot spots. Cooperating agencies have approved suppression repair plans and crews will repair hand line and dozer line to mitigate impacts to natural and cultural resources. Control lines that are still needed to prevent fire spread will remain in place until fire season has ended. Other repair activities include pulling back berms and installing water bars to prevent soil erosion and water run-off.
American Fork Fire
Location: 24 miles SW of Harlowtown, MT | Acreage: 21,892 | Containment: 68% | Start date: July 17, 2021 | Personnel: 180
The American Fork fire is under the command of the Albuquerque Zone Type 3 Incident Management Team.
Over the next twenty-four to seventy-two hours significant changes can be expected on the American Fork Fire. The spike camp located at Melville was dismantled with all resources and supplies transferred to the Shields Valley Ranch (SVR) spike. The SVR spike is scheduled for demobilization and removal on Saturday August 28. The Albuquerque IMT last working day is Sunday, August 29th at which time the incident will be turned over the local unit.