Rock Creek
28.7 mi
N of Helena, MT
Fire Status:
Last Updated:
2 months ago
Incident #:
Fire Start:
Saturday, July 10, 2021 5:42 PM MDT
Primary Fire Agency

Department of Natural Resources and Conservation — Central Land Office

Current Weather

Fire Growth Potential

Fire Weather Forecast

Incident Overview Updated: 5 months ago

Incident Photo for the Rock Creek Fire

Tuesday, July 13

4:30pm - 95% containment, no new information, LAST UPDATE, unless something changes, fire will be 100% contained tomorrow. Thank you to all the firefighters and people who assisted in the success of putting this fire out safely and quickly!!!

9:15am - Firefighters patrolled the fire last night to ensure no flare ups. This morning management of the fire transitioned down to a Type 4 Incident Commander and the Helena Unit will monitor the fire and wrap-up mopping up. The temporary flight restriction over the fire area has been lifted.

Monday, July 12th

7:45pm - Containment increases to 90% after firefighters put in a hard days work mopping up.

1:30pm - Nothing new to report, an evening update with be posted tonight.

8:30am - Firefighters monitored the fire last night. Today 3 engines and 1 water tender will be on scene to work the fire's perimeter increasing the size of containment. This work includes extinguishing any heat and removing burnable vegetation around the fire's edge, a.k.a. mopping-up. Air resources will be available if needed.

Sunday, July 11th

7:00pm - The fire stayed within the fireline that was built Saturday night. The fire is 3,420 acres, with no new growth to the fire. The fire size increased due to a more detailed mapping mission that was conducted today. Firefighters had a good day today. They worked the fire's perimeter to ensure it is secure and free of hot spots, minimal smoke can be seen in the fire area. Two helicopters aided on-the-ground crews with approximately 30 water drops to the southeast area of the fire. Resources on the fire today include: 14 engines, 3 water tenders; 2 road graders; 1 dozer and 2 helicopters. Zero injuries and zero structures burned.

12:30pm - Firefighters worked thru the night building fireline around the fire. There currently is fireline around the entire fire's perimeter. The fire is primarily burning on private land in grass and timber. The goal for firefighters today is to safely keep the fire inside the existing fireline. Crews will do this by improving and securing the fireline. Firefighters will keep a heads up as the weather is forecasted to be hot and windy which causes extreme fire behavior.

8:00am - The Lewis and Clark Sheriff's Office lifted all evacuation notices. 
The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC), together with partners from the Helena Lewis and Clark National Forest, MT Dept. of Transportation, MT Highway patrol, Lewis and Clark County Sheriff's Office, Lewis and Clark County, and many local volunteer fire departments are working safely suppress the Rock Creek Fire. The fire is located approximately 40 miles north of Helena, MT near Mile Marker 1 on Highway 287.
DNRC is managing the Rock Creek Fire and is implementing full suppression tactics to reduce the fire threat as quickly and ass safely as possible while protecting values at risk such as infrastructure, private property, and natural resources. 

Basic Information

Incident Type:
Under Investigation
Date of Origin:
Saturday, July 10, 2021 4:45 PM MDT
Approx. 40 miles North of Helena, MT near Mile Marker 1 on Highway 287
Incident Commander:
Helena Unit, Central Land Office
47.064, -112.046
Size (Acres):
Estimated Containment Date:
Tuesday, July 13, 2021 8:00 PM MDT
Fuels Involved:
Timber and grass

Incident Contact

Incident Contact
Fire Information
Email: clbeckman@mt.gov
Phone: 406-282-4720
Fire Unit Information
Montana Department of Natural Resources & Conservation
1539 Eleventh Ave.
Helena, MT 59601

Dispatch Contact

Helena Interagency Dispatch Center | Helena, MT