Terrain
Satellite
OSM
Crown Mountain
FIRE
1,379.0
acres
55.5 mi
WSW of Great Falls, MT
30%
contained
Fire Status:
ACTIVE
Last Updated:
45 mins, 29 secs ago
Incident #:
2021-NWCG-7859
Fire Start:
Monday, October 4, 2021 8:00 AM MDT

Current Weather

Fire Growth Potential

Fire Weather Forecast

Incident Overview Updated: 1 week ago

Incident Photo for the Crown Mountain Fire

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.

Basic Information

Incident Type:
Wildfire
Cause:
Human-caused; Under Investigation
Date of Origin:
Monday, October 4, 2021 2:00 PM MDT
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

Current Situation

Total Personnel:
4
Size (Acres):
1,379
Containment:
30%
Estimated Containment Date:
Saturday, December 11, 2021 12:00 AM MST
Fuels Involved:
1988 Canyon Creek Fire footprint, heavy douglas fir stands

Incident Contact

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