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Clover Fire

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420 Barrett St 
420 Barrett St 

Incident Contacts

Clover Fire Information Line
Phone: 406-848-1282
Hours: M-F, 8-8p, S-S 8-8p

10SEPT22-Fire personnel took advantage of favorable weather conditions on 9/9 and 9/10 to proactively burn approximately 20 acres to increase the probability of keeping the fire in the Middle Fork of Warm Springs drainage.  This last week the entire fire area had been under very high temperatures, with very low relative humidity combined with days of strong winds.  While the fire did not grow much during that very warm and dry weather, the growth that did occur happened in a key location in the bottom of the Middle Fork drainage.  The fire moved into a position where uphill fire spread combined with upslope winds, could potentially send embers across the Gravelly Range Road (the eastern containment feature) and start spot-fires.  The weather conditions during the burning on 9/9 and 9/10 were much cooler with higher relative humidity, and had winds that pushed embers and smoke back into the already burned area and away from any containment features or values at risk. The fire remains approximately one mile east of a Management Action Point (MAP) which could trigger ordering additional resources.  Since the start this fire 57 days ago it has moved approximately ¼ mile to the west towards the MAP.

The Area Closure Order has been rescinded so all roads and trails are currently open.  The fire continues to smolder, produce smoke, and may possibly still grow on warm, windy days. This will continue until a season-ending rain/snow event occurs.  Recreationists in the area need to be aware of this especially if venturing off the roads or trails and going by foot or horseback into the eastern end of the Middle Fork of Warm Springs drainage.

 The fire is approximately 1150 acres with completion percentage at 70%. An infra-red mapping mission will occur Monday night to capture an updated acreage. Smoke was visible from the Madison Valley both days and may continue to be for the next couple days. Fire personnel may continue with proactive firing operations Sunday and Monday if weather conditions and/or main fire location warrant it.

 The Clover Fire started on July 13, 2022 as a result of a lightning strike and is located in the Middle Fork of Warm Springs Creek on the Madison Ranger District, Beaverhead Deerlodge National Forest. The fire is being managed under a confine/contain strategy due to values at risk, the probability of success, and fuel conditions.  The objective is to contain the fire in the Middle Fork Warm Springs Creek drainage utilizing road and trail systems, fuel type changes, natural openings, and burnout operations.  Fire personnel have completed all repair work able to be done without compromising any containment features. This includes collecting and piling unburned/trimmed limbs near containment lines which will be burned once a season-ending weather event (rain/snow) has arrived.     

Basic Information
Current as of Mon, 09/12/2022 - 09:23
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning
Date of Origin
Location Middle Fork of Warm Springs Creek
Incident Commander Type 5 IMT, BDNF
Coordinates 45° 2' 54'' Latitude
-111° 52'
'' Longitude
Current Situation
Total Personnel: 6
Size 1,225 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 70%
Fuels Involved

Timber (litter and understory)
Timber (grass and understory)

Significant Events

Fire personnel completed firing operations 9/10 and 9/10 and may continue those 9/11 and 9/12 on the northeast corner of the fire.

Planned Actions

Continue daily patrols with fire engine with personnel monitoring fire behavior, fire spread and fielding questions from recreationists in the area.

Projected Incident Activity

Continue patrol and public education with fire personnel and possibly continue with small-scale firing operations.


We are now using a operational objective weighted scale matrix to determine percent containment for the Clover fire. Our operational objectives are:

Primary containment prep:15% of total operation, 100% completed.

Secondary line prep: 15% of total operation, 100% completed.

Burnout: 60% of total operation, 50% completed.

Suppression repair: 10% of total operation, 90% completed.

These add up to a weighted % total completion 70%

Current Weather
Weather Concerns

Warm and dry conditions will return to the fire area Sunday through Monday afternoon. Tuesday through Friday is forecasted for cooler temps, higher relative humidity, and increasing chances for measurable precipitation.