Wildfire Incident Report

Prepared: Sunday, January 16, 2022 6:12:35 PM MST

Wildfire Incident Report


Fire, Weather & Avalanche Center
La Grande, OR, USA
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Incident #
2021-MTHLF-005149
FWAC Incident ID
213799
Incident Name
Crown Mountain Fire
Last Updated
Monday, December 27, 2021 8:44 AM MST
(2 weeks ago)
Fire Reported
Monday, October 4, 2021 2:49 PM MDT
(3 months ago)
State
Montana
Incident Type
Wildfire
Location
56.1 miles WSW of Great Falls, MT
Responsible Agency
US Forest Service
Responsible Fire Unit
Helena - Lewis and Clark National Forest
Fuels
Grass And Timber
Notes
Contain: 12/13/21 1000 | Control: 12/13/21 1030 | Out: 12/14/21 1200
Current Weather
Fire Growth Potential
Fire Weather Forecast
Incident Overview

The Crown Mountain Fire started within the Forest boundary of the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest some 16 miles west of Augusta, MT, in the northeast corner of quadrant 26.  Local resources are engaged with full suppression actions maintaining the safety of fire personnel and the public as the number one priority. During the initial three days, gusty winds, unseasonably high temperatures, and dry conditions resulted in active fire behavior and dangerous firefighting conditions for direct attack on the fire.   These circumstances forced air and ground crews to disengage from the fire on 10/5 and 10/6.  The fire is burning within portions of the footprint of the 1988 Canyon Creek Fire. Fire personnel installed point protection on threatened ranches adjacent to the Forest boundary in Smith Creek as well as in the Benchmark corridor to include Double Falls recreational cabins and structures in the Ford Creek area.   Windy conditions have again prevailed from 10/8 through present day.  The fire is burning in steep, rugged terrain and fueled by regenerated Lodgepole pine and heavy stands of Douglas fir.  Smoke is visible from Choteau, Augusta, and along Montana State Highway 287.  Please be cautious of fire traffic working in and around Augusta, Smith Creek, and the Benchmark Corridor.

Incident Type
Wildfire
Cause
Human-caused; Under Investigation
Date of Origin
Monday October 04th, 2021 approx. 02:00 PM
Location
15 miles southwest of Augusta, Montana
Incident Commander
Rocky Mountain District Duty Officer - Type IV IC
Incident Description
The Crown Mountain Fire started within the Forest boundary of the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest some 15 miles southwest of Augusta, MT, in the northeast corner of quadrant 26. Local resources engaged with full suppression actions maintaining the safety of fire personnel and the public as the number one priority. During the initial three days, gusty winds, unseasonably high temperatures, and dry conditions resulted in active fire behavior and dangerous firefighting conditions for direct attack on the fire. These circumstances forced air and ground crews to disengage from the fire on 10/5 and 10/6. The fire is burning within portions of the footprint of the 1988 Canyon Creek Fire. Fire personnel installed point protection on threatened ranches adjacent to the Forest boundary in Smith Creek as well as in the Benchmark corridor to include Double Falls recreational cabins and structures in the Ford Creek area. The containment withstood winds exceeding 50mph on 10/9 and 10/10 ahead of a cold front that moved in. From 10/11 until present cooler conditions have prevailed with 2 inches of snow falling on the fire area on 10/12. The fire is burning in steep, rugged terrain and fueled by regenerated Lodgepole pine and heavy stands of Douglas fir. Light smoke is occasionally visible from Choteau, Augusta, and along Montana State Highway 287. Please be cautious of fire traffic working in and around Augusta, Smith Creek, and the Benchmark Corridor.
Coordinates
47.379, -112.701
Total Personnel
4
Size (Acres)
1,379
Containment
30%
Estimated Containment Date
Saturday December 11th, 2021 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved
1988 Canyon Creek Fire footprint, heavy douglas fir stands
Incident Contact
Chiara Cipriano
Phone: 406-594-6497
Fire Unit Information
Helena - Lewis and Clark National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
2880 Skyway Drive
Helena, MT 59602
Dispatch Contact
Great Falls Interagency Dispatch Center | Great Falls, MT
Phone: 406-731-5300
Website: https://gacc.nifc.gov/nrcc/dc/mtgdc/index.htm
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