Terrain Satellite
Mountain View
6.9 mi
WNW of Billings, MT
9 months
total burn time
Last Updated:
7 months ago
Incident #:
Fire Start:
Wednesday, August 28, 2019 1:01 PM MDT
Fire Unit:
Yellowstone County Fire
Dispatch Notes:
Lightning caused fire in yellowstone county 7 miles sw of molt, mt. | Contain: 09/03/19 1300

Current Weather

Fire Growth Potential

Fire Weather Forecast

Incident Overview Updated: 9 months ago

Fire resources worked hard today and the fire is 100% contained.

Today’s work included: patrolling the fire perimeter, extinguishing interior heat and repairing fire line that heavy equipment created during initial attack. Two State Dept. of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) helicopters were on site to provide firefighters with water if needed.

Though many resources will be demobilizing Tuesday morning, including the County Assist Team, there will be DNRC and local resources in the area patrolling the fire. Moving forward, small puffs of smoke and or ash/dust tornados will be visible in the fire area. This is normal when weather is hot, dry and windy over a large burned area.

The fire has had no growth since 8/29/19 and is holding at ~2,800 acres. No structures have burned.

The Mountain View Fire was reported to dispatch Wednesday, August 28, 2019 and is in the Buffalo Trail area southeast of the town of Molt. The fire area is comprised of steep rocky terrain with homes along the southwest perimeter.

When crews responded 8/28/19, windy and dry conditions caused the fire to spread. Thursday, fire resources were successful in keeping the fire at bay. The Department of Natural Resources and Conservation’s (DNRC) County Assist Team (CAT) arrived 8/29/19 to assist and provide logistical support. Incident Commander David Hamilton and team will be on scene and managing the fire through the Labor Day.

Basic Information

Incident Type:
Date of Origin:
Wednesday August 28th, 2019 approx. 12:00 PM
16 miles E of Billings. 7 Miles SE of Molt, MT
Incident Commander:
David Hamilton, County Assist Team (DNRC)
45.785, -108.785

Current Situation

Total Personnel:
Size (Acres):
Fuels Involved:
Short grass (1 foot), timber (grass and understory), agricultural lands

Planned Outlook

Planned Actions:
Patrol fire perimeter, extinguish interior heat and repair fire line that heavy equipment created during initial attack.
Projected Incident Activity:
Demobilize resources
The County Assist Team will return fire management back to Yellowstone County on 9/3/19

Weather Synopsis

Weather Concerns:
Potential for gusty winds Monday afternoon.

Incident Contact

Incident Contact
Crystal Beckman
Email: dnrcat.team@gmail.com
Phone: 406-209-8027
Fire Unit Information
Montana Department of Natural Resources & Conservation
1539 Eleventh Ave.
Helena, MT 59601

Dispatch Contact

Billings Interagency Dispatch Center | Billings, MT
Phone: 406-896-2850