Wildfire Incident Report

Prepared: Wednesday, November 30, 2022 2:44:37 PM MST

Wildfire Incident Report

Fire, Weather & Avalanche Center
La Grande, OR, USA
Incident #
FWAC Incident ID
Incident Name
No Grass Creek Fire
Last Updated
Monday, November 28, 2022 12:50 PM MST
(2 days ago)
Fire Reported
Sunday, September 11, 2022 4:47 PM MDT
(2 months ago)
Incident Type
12.5 miles E of Deer Lodge, MT
Responsible Agency
US Forest Service
Responsible Fire Unit
Helena - Lewis and Clark National Forest
Current Weather

Fire Growth Potential
Fire Weather Forecast
Incident Overview

The No Grass Creek fire is located in Powell County on the west end of the Helena Ranger District and far east end of the Pintler Ranger District. The fire was initially reported on Sunday, September 11, 2022. The No Grass Creek fire is in an area that has experienced large amounts of tree mortality. The fuel loading is dense and continuous throughout the Electric Peak inventoried roadless area and recommended wilderness area, and because of the current state of the dead timber, it’s neither safe nor effective to put fire personnel into the area. Fire personnel are managing from the air, while other firefighters are observing the fire’s progression, activity and overall behavior from various vantage points on the two districts. Additional fire resources are completing contingency planning and structure assessment on private lands.

Due to the remote location, no homes or private property are threatened by the fire, which provides an opportunity to responsibly allow fire to naturally function and provide ecological benefits. The fire is being cooperatively managed by the Helena-Lewis and Clark, Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, in close coordination with Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC). A management strategy has been developed that is based on real-time and site specific factors (e.g., terrain, fuel loading, weather trends, fire behavior, etc.) along with current and future weather forecasts. Based on these factors, appropriate management actions will be considered and implemented as dictated by the fire.

Incident Type
Date of Origin
Sunday September 11th, 2022 approx. 03:47 PM
Electric Peak Inventoried Roadless Area and Electric Peak Recommended Wilderness Area
Incident Commander
Bajin Smith (Type 4)
46.373, -112.473
Size (Acres)
Fuels Involved
Significant Events
10/19 - smoke may be visible from time to time - fire continues to be managed
Fire is not currently threatening private property; fire is burning in Powell County

The closure order for this fire has been rescinded as of 9/23/22
Incident Contact
Chiara Cipriano
Email: chiara.cipriano@usda.gov
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
Helena Interagency Dispatch Center | Helena, MT
Phone: 406-444-4242
Website: https://gacc.nifc.gov/nrcc/dc/mthdc/index.htm
Incident Map

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