September 16, 2020 Contact Dillon Ranger District (406) 683-3900 (NEW PHONE NUMBER)
Hours: M-F 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
WHAT: Wildland Fire
DATE OF DETECTION: August 29, 2020
CURRENT SIZE: 3,140 acres
COMPLETION OF OBJECTIVES: 50%
LOCATION Approximately 16 miles NE of Whitehall, 2 miles NE of Whitetail Reservoir
JURISDICTION: Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest
RESOURCES ON THE FIRE: 2 Medium Helicopters, 1 Water Tender, 4 Type 6 Engines, 1 Smoke Jumper Module (7 person), 1 Type 2 IA Crew (20 person) and miscellaneous overhead for a total of 114 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. This fire is being managed with a combination of full suppression and confine/contain strategies. 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 fuel 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 today, September 16, 2020.
YESTERDAY’S ACTIVITY: Crews worked on securing blackline and holding roads and containment lines previously burned.
TODAY’S WEATHER/FIRE BEHAVIOR: The ridge of high pressure will continue to dominate the weather in the region for the next couple of days. Expect very poor relative humidity recoveries (RH) , along with low minimum RHs in the afternoons. Smoke will continue to linger in the area, possibly improving Thursday. The high-pressure ridge begins to breakdown Friday evening, with increasing southwesterly winds. A chance of wetting rains will continue to increase with moisture beginning late Friday night continuing through Saturday. Today will be mostly sunny with areas of smoke. Maximum temperatures will be 71-76° with minimum RH 12-17%. Winds will be variable 2-4 mph becoming southwest 5-10 mph in the afternoon.
TODAY’S PLAN: Crews will continue to hold roads and containment lines from previously planned burnouts. They will also finish prepping roads and containment line to the St. Anthony Mine’s private land border. An area north of FS Road 8592 will be prepped for a possible burnout operation in the future, keeping the fire from spreading north 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.
This is will be the last daily update unless significant changes occur.