US Forest Service — Helena - Lewis and Clark National Forest
Fire Growth Potential
Fire Weather Forecast
Incident Overview Updated: 1 month ago
The lightning-caused American Fork Fire started on July 17, 2021 in the northeast Crazy Mountains, 24 miles southwest of Harlowton, Montana. This fire has been separated from the Divide Complex, and was under the command of the Albuquerque Zone Type 3 Team, led by Incident Commander Zach Saavedra, from August 22, to August 29. As of, August 29th, it was returned to a local Forest Service Type 4 organization. The IC is Wes Woodrome, with Greg Daniels as trainee. Repair efforts continue on the American Fork fire. Activity is moving more to mechanized equipment, repairing roads, and damage done by suppression actions. Tree felling will still continue as needed, supporting the repair. Preparations are being made for re-seeding the areas effected by suppression. The Baer Team, led by Dale White, has been assisting in coordinating activities. The incident will continue “right-sizing” as necessary to maintain financial responsibility while keeping production. As of the 1st, the Martinsdale information board will be dismantled. There are tentative plans to take down the PIO trapline after the 6th.
Date of Origin:
Saturday, July 17, 2021 6:30 AM MDT
24 miles SW of Harlowton, MT
Wes Woodrome and Greg Daniels (T) Custer Gallatin Type 4
Estimated Containment Date:
Friday, October 15, 2021 12:00 AM MDT
Short Grass (1 foot) Timber (Litter and Understory) Brush (2 feet)
Fuels are primarily mixed conifer with timber litter and understory fuels. Grass fuels in open stands and meadows.
Confine the fire to Forest Service lands where possible to protect private property and critical infrastructure, the community of Wilsall, and private structures located in Shields River, Smith Creek, and East Smith Creek drainages. Coordinate with READs to protect Yellowstone cutthroat trout in the upper Shields River drainage, as well as Crandall Creek and Porcupine Cabins. Hold dozer line and hand line around fire edge. Continue mopping up areas of concern. Continue suppression repair of indirect Dozer and handline. Fell hazard trees along fireline.
Projected Incident Activity:
12 hours: No heat detected, no expected fire movement.
24 hours: No heat detected, no expected fire movement.
48 hours: No heat detected, no expected fire movement.
72 hours: No heat detected, no expected fire movement.
Ownership Acreage Breakdown: Park County: Private 1,221; Custer-Gallatin NF 7,714; Helena-Lewis and Clark NF 1,705. Meagher County: Private 163; Custer-Gallatin NF 2,443; Helena Lewis and Clark NF 1,350. Sweet Grass County: Private 2,427; Custer-Gallatin NF 2,350; Helena-Lewis and Clark NF 2,503. The Big Elk Creek Trail is closed. Road, trail and area closures are in effect. A Forest closure order for a major portion of the Helena-Lewis and Clark/Custer-
Cool conditions with increasing clouds will give way to the potential for showers and a thunderstorm or two overnight Thursday into early Friday morning. Cool conditions will continue into Friday and early Saturday as increased cloud cover passes through with a weak disturbance. Warmer, drier and windier conditions build in over the coming weekend and last through at least the first half of next week.
Fire Information Phone: 406-223-5630 Hours: M-F 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (excludes holidays)
Fire Unit Information
Helena - Lewis and Clark National Forest U.S. Forest Service 2880 Skyway Drive Helena, MT 59602