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Montana Wildfire Update For August 16, 2021

Montana Wildfire News

The roughly 171,000-acre Richard Spring Fire south of Colstrip reached 65 percent contained over the weekend, up from 0 percent containment Friday.

Northern Cheyenne Disaster & Emergency Services changed the evacuation status of Lame Deer, Muddy Cluster and Rosebud Cut Across to evacuation warning for residents without medical conditions, according to Inciweb. A warning means there’s a high likelihood that evacuation will be necessary in those areas.

The Rosebud County Fire Warden and Sheriff lowered Ashland’s evacuation status to evacuation alert, which means residents should be prepared to evacuate if necessary.

Pre-evacuation notices are still in effect for Rosebud Creek, from Greenleaf Creek to Cherry Creek, and Lame Deer Divide Road. Highway 212 is closed to nonresidents between Broadus and Crow Agency.

Fire crews are patrolling the northern boundary of the fire while targeting hot spots on the eastern and southwestern perimeters, according to Inciweb. A red flag warning is in effect until Tuesday afternoons due to temperatures around 100 degrees and dry, windy conditions.

These wildfire updates prioritize the latest information on incidents that could impact public health and safety. This is not a comprehensive list of fires burning in the state. The fires we report on will vary as information changes.

Richard Spring Fire

August 16, 3:46 p.m.

Location: Southwest of Colstrip

Size: 170,848 acres

Containment: 65 percent

Evacuation orders and warnings: Rosebud County Fire Warden and Rosebud County Sheriff have downgraded the evacuation status for the community of Ashland, including the Ashland Divide, Rabbit Town, North Tongue River Road, and the St. Labre Indian Academy Campus, from Level 3 “Go Now” stage to a Level 1 “Be Ready” stage.

The Northern Cheyenne Disaster & Emergency Services have downgraded the evacuation status for the community of Lame Deer, Muddy Cluster, and Rosebud Cut Across from Level 3 “Go Now” to Level 2 “Set” stage for all those who do not have medical conditions. Pre-evacuation notices remain in effect for Rosebud Creek from Greenleaf Creek to Cherry Creek and the Lame Deer Divide Road located on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation south of Lame Deer.

Major closures: Highway 212 is currently closed between Broadus and Crow Agency to all non-residents. Residents should continue to check Rosebud County Sheriff’s and DES Facebook pages, Northern Cheyenne Disaster & Emergency Services Facebook page, as well as the Richard Spring InciWeb page, as evacuation and road closure status are being evaluated frequently and could change rapidly.

Please avoid unnecessary travel in these areas for the safety of fire crews and be aware of loose livestock.

Conditions: Critical fire weather conditions will continue through Tuesday afternoon with hot, dry, and breezy conditions. There is also the chance of primarily dry showers or thunderstorms to produce gusty and erratic outflow winds up to 40 mph across the fire area Monday evening. A strong cold front crosses the area late Tuesday afternoon and will bring cooler, cloudier, more humid, and breezy conditions. Additionally, the chances for precipitation will increase through the remainder of the week.

Meteorologists have issued a Red Flag Warning through Tuesday afternoon associated with temperatures near 100, relative humidity 9-12%, and the potential for gusty winds. These conditions are critical fire thresholds and could result in increased potential for spot fires especially where terrain aligns with predicted wind directions. There is also the chance for thunderstorms to produce gusty and erratic outflow winds up to 40-50 mph across the fire area Monday evening.

Please be alert for the potential of rapidly changing fire conditions.

Cause: Coal seam

More fire information: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/7794/63692/

https://www.facebook.com/RosebudCountyDisasterAndEmergencyServices

West Lolo Complex (Thorne Creek Fire)

Updated: August 16, 9 a.m.

Location: 5 miles NE of Thompson Falls

Size: 32,087

Containment: 15%

Evacuation orders and warnings : 85 residents remain under evacuation orders. Evacuation Order: All residences in the Ashley and Thompson River Zones. Pre-Evacuation/Warning: All residences in the Graves NE, Graves SE and Harlow Zones.

Color-coded evacuation maps are available on InciWeb and Facebook. The Gold Team is coordinating closely with local law enforcement and emergency management officials to return residents safely to their homes as soon as possible.

Cause: Lightning

Meetings: The Gold Team will host a public meeting tonight at 7 p.m. at Ainsworth Park in Thompson Falls. This meeting will be recorded and posted on YouTube and on Facebook.

Public Meeting Rescheduled: Tonight’s (8/16) public meeting has been postponed until Wednesday August 18 at 5:30 p.m. due to the continued Red Flag Warning over the fire and increased fire activity. The location remains the same – Ainsworth Park in Thompson Falls. This meeting will be recorded and posted on YouTube and Facebook.

More Information: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/7620/63881/

Burnt Peak Fire

Updated August 16, 7:33 a.m.

Location: Approx 9 miles southwest of Troy, MT

Size: 4,666 acres

Containment: 35%

Personnel: 152

Meetings: Aug. 16 6-7 p.m. Roosevelt Park in Troy. The meeting will be streamed on Facebook.

Evacuation orders and warnings: Residences in North Fork Keeler Creek are on pre-evacuation notice. All area residents should be ready to leave if evacuations are necessary.

Major Closures: As of August 8, 2021, Closure Order D04-076-S-21 is in effect on the Three Rivers Ranger District for the Callahan Creek Road 427 and Callahan Historic Trail 153. The restriction is in place for public safety due to fire management activities related to the Burnt Peak Fire: www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd938562.pdf

Conditions: The ridge of high pressure which has produced very hot and dry conditions will continue to persist through shift tomorrow, but will start to break down Monday causing gusty winds and a directional shift from northwesterly to southwesterly. Smoke will disperse and temperatures will remain hot and dry. The low-pressure system is expected to arrive Tuesday, bringing a potential for cooler temperatures and increased relative humidity.

Cause: Lightning

More Fire Information: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7696/

https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/7619/63400/

South Yaak Fire

Updated: August 16, 7:31 a.m.

Location: 4 miles northwest of Troy, Montana.

Size: 11,582 acres

Containment: 54%

Meetings: Aug. 16 6-7 p.m. Roosevelt Park in Troy. The meeting will be streamed on Facebook.

Evacuation orders and warnings: Residences on East Side Road, Kilbrennan Lake Road, Seventeen Mile Creek, and Sylvanite are on pre-evacuation notice. All residents should be ready to leave if evacuations are necessary. These area roads are not open to the public.

Major closures: As of August 8, 2021, Closure Order D04-076-S-21 is in effect on the Three Rivers Ranger District for the Callahan Creek Road 427 and Callahan Historic Trail 153. The restriction is in place for public safety due to fire management activities related to the Burnt Peak Fire: www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd938562.pdf

Conditions: The ridge of high pressure which has produced very hot and dry conditions will start to break down Sunday causing gusty winds and a directional shift from northwesterly to southwesterly. Smoke will disperse and temperatures will remain hot and dry. A low-pressure system is expected to arrive Monday, bringing a potential for cooler temperatures and increased relative humidity.

Cause: Lightning

More Fire Information: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7696/

Balsinger Fire

Updated August 16, 11:58 a.m.

Location: About five miles west of Niehart

Size: 8,614 acres

Containment: 52%

Evacuation orders and warnings: An evacuation order for Belt Park, issued by the Cascade County Sheriff’s Office, remains in place. There is a pre-evacuation order for the area from the Belt Creek Ranger Station to Monarch and from west of Monarch to the confluence of Pilgrim Creek and Belt Creek.

Conditions: Red flag warning today — warm, dry, and windy. Tomorrow, a strong cold front will bring cooler weather with an 80% chance of up to an inch of rain in some locations. Wind direction will change to the north. After three nights of poor humidity recovery, fuels are extremely dry. The change in winds this afternoon could provoke increasing fire behavior and there is a possibility of some dry lightning strikes.

Tomorrow, a strong cold front will bring cooler weather with an 80% chance of up to an inch of rain in some locations. Wind direction will change to the north. After three nights of poor humidity recovery, fuels are extremely dry. The change in winds this afternoon could provoke increasing fire behavior and there is a possibility of some dry lightning strikes.

Cause: lightning

More fire information: https://www.facebook.com/WoodsCreekBalsingerAmericanForkFires/?fbclid=IwAR070OGqJs6R03yk73xuq1_67R8DNAp7SS0wE_p8mKO3HgNJmiJxf3uiAn4

West Lolo Complex

Updated August 13, 12:22 p.m.

Location: West Lolo Complex includes the Thorne Creek Fire, near Thompson Falls, MT

Size: 23,734 Acres

Containment: 15%

Evacuation orders and warnings:

Evac Order: all residences in the Ashley and Thompson River zones.

Pre-Evac/Warning: all residences in the Graves NE, Graves SE, and Harlow zones.

85 residents are under evacuation orders.

The color-coded evacuation maps are located on InciWeb and Facebook. The team is coordinating closely with local law enforcement and emergency management officials with the goal of returning residents home as soon as it is safe to do so.

Conditions: Near critical fire weather expected today. Temperature in the 90’s and humidity levels in the upper teens and 20’s will support active fire behavior today and tomorrow. Winds will remain terrain driven at around 10 m.p.h. A cold front is expected on Sunday bringing cooler temperature and higher humidity levels.

Cause: Lightning

More fire information: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/7620/63398/

Hay Creek Fire

Updated August 15, 9:18 p.m.

Location: Approximately 4 miles west of Polebridge, Montana

Size: 2,894 acres

Containment: 30% containment

Evacuation Orders and Warnings: 

Evacuation Warnings remain in effect. See details at https://go.usa.gov/xFjcA and Current Fire Information - Glacier National Park.

The Evacuation Warning area includes the following:

  • Moose Creek Road - All residents with driveway access from Moose Creek Road
  • Red Meadow Road - All residents with driveway access from Red Meadow Road
  • North Fork Road - All residents on both sides of the North Fork Road between Moose Creek Road and Home Ranch Bottoms.
  • Polebridge Loop - 655, 700, 720 and 740 Polebridge Drive

Major closures: Various regional closures https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/7712/62192/

Conditions: Hot, dry, smokey conditions will continue today, with highs in 80s and southwest winds gusting up to 30 mph. Cooler weather in the 60s and wetting rain are forecast for Tuesday into Wednesday. Winds will be lighter on Tuesday and flip around to the NE. Polebridge weather updates: https://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=48.7644&lon=-114.2841#.YRccO4hKjIU

Cause: Lightning/natural

More fire information: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/7712/63406/

Boulder 2700

Updated August 15, 7:15 a.m.

Location: In the Mission Mountains east of Flathead Lake, and eight miles east of Polson, MT

Size: 2,072 Acres

Containment: 36%

Evacuation orders and warnings: Areas south of mile marker 9, including Finley Point, are in stage 1 (“Ready”) of the “Ready-Set-Go” plan for wildfire evacuations. Residents in the areas from mile marker 9 to 11 are in stage 2 (“SET”) of evacuation and should be prepared to evacuate if the fire activity increases.

Major closures: Highway 35 has reopened with a speed limit of 35 mph from mile markers 6 to 13 for public and firefighter safety. Expect delays as a pilot car leads traffic from the north and south through mile markers 9 to 11.

Sawyers will be felling fire-weakened trees along Highway 35. Drivers need to be aware of existing hazards in the fire area including rolling rocks and debris, smoke, firefighter engines and crew vehicles, aircraft, and utility vehicles. Do not stop in the fire area due to all these hazards.

Conditions: Gusty winds and drying vegetation increased fire activity on south facing slopes along the eastern fire edge. Firefighters located and extinguished hot spots, secured and added depth to containment lines, and patrolled the fire area. Heavy equipment and crews dug line to connect to dozer lines and roads, while smokejumpers continued to work the southeastern edge of the fire. An infrared flight was ordered for yesterday evening to assess hot spots as vegetation dries out and becomes available for reburn.

Cause: Lightning

More fire information: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/7754/63405/

Trail Creek Fire

Updated August 13, 3:49 p.m.

Location: 20 miles West of Wisdom, MT on HWY 43

Size: 36,380 acres

Containment: 26%

Evacuation orders and warnings: Stage 1 evacuation on Highway 43 from Mile Marker 35 to the County Line at Mile Marker 41.5. This includes the residents of Doolittle Creek Road and North Doolittle Creek Road. Southside of Highway 43 from Alder Creek Road to Dickie Bridge. Westside of the Scenic Byway from the Wisdom Airport to Harriette Lou Road.

All evacuation status removed in Alder Creek drainage and Southside of Highway 43 from Alder Creek Road to Mile Marker 62.

Lemhi County Sheriff has contacted residences in threatened areas on the west side of the Trail Creek Fire in Idaho and placed in “Set” evacuation status. Info: 208-756-8980.

Major closures: Hwy 43 and Pioneer Byway remain open. Motorists are asked to slow down and be on the alert for firefighters, heavy smoke, and downed trees. Please check the Montana DOT Road Report website MDT.MT.gov/travinfomobile for current conditions.

Continental Divide Trail: Closed from Lemhi Pass north to Mussigbrod Creek.

Big Hole National Battlefield is closed until further notice. North and South VanHouten, Miner Lakes, Twin Lakes, May Creek and Divide Bridge Campgrounds are closed.

Forest Closure orders are in effect for all three fires.

Beaverhead-Deerlodge NF: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/bdnf/alerts-notices

Salmon-Challis NF: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/scnf/alerts-notices

Conditions: Today’s temperatures will be 75 to 85 with a minimum relative humidity between 18 to 25 percent and Northwest winds at 8 to 10 mph with gusts of 15 to 20mph. Winds are expected to be minimal and predominantly terrain driven.

Cause: Lightning

More fire information: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7634/

Christensen Fire

Updated August 13, 12:52 p.m.

Location: 12 miles west of Wise River, located on the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest

Size: 8,806 acres

Containment: 10%

Evacuation orders and warnings:

Major closures: Forest Closure Orders are in effect for the fire area, see Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest closures here https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/bdnf/alerts-notices

Highway 43 and Pioneer Byway remain open. Motorists are asked to slow down and be on the alert for firefighters, heavy smoke, and downed trees. Please check the Montana DOT Road Report website https://www.mdt.mt.gov/travinfomobile for current conditions.

Continental Divide Trail: Closed from Lemhi Pass north to Mussigbrod Creek.

Big Hole National Battlefield is closed until further notice. North and South VanHouten, Miner Lakes, Twin Lakes, May Creek and Divide Bridge Campgrounds are closed.

Forest Closure orders are in effect for all three fires.

Beaverhead-Deerlodge NF: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/bdnf/alerts-notices

Salmon-Challis NF: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/scnf/alerts-notices

Conditions: Friday will be slightly warmer and drier, with temperatures in the mid to upper 80s and relative humidity values down into the teens. Winds will remain light and terrain driven, with mostly sunny skies.

Cause: Unknown

https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7702/

Harris Mountain Fire

Updated August 16, 12:22 p.m.

Location: 10 miles southeast of Cascade

Size: 31,597 acres

Containment: 53%

Evacuation orders and warnings: As of August 9, the Cascade County Sheriff’s Office rescinded all evacuation orders and pre-evacuation notices related to the Harris Mountain Fire in Cascade County.

Cause: Lightning

Conditions: Red Flag in effect until Midnight Monday Aug 16 for Hot Temperatures, Gusty Winds and Low Relative Humidity.

More Fire Information: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/7719/63395/

Dry Cabin

Updated August 16, 12:24 p.m.

Location: 20 miles north of Ovando, MT

Size: 3,242 acres

Containment: 0% containment

It is located in the Scapegoat and Bob Marshall Wilderness, Flathead and Lewis & Clark Counties in the Flathead National Forest and Lolo National Forest 20 miles north of Ovando, Montana. 18 trail miles from the nearest road. It is burning 7 miles from any structures.

Major closures: For public safety, area closures are in place. Lolo National Forest Dry Fork area: affected closed trails include Dry Fork and upper Dry Fork #31 (all segments) at North Fork Cabin, Whiskey Cutoff #369, Cabin Creek #80, and Dwight Creek #414 and Canyon Creek #16 at the wilderness boundary. The main North Fork Trail #32 is OPEN, but #377 Sarbo Creek and the upper portions of Hobnail Tom #32.2 and Evans Peak #361 are CLOSED.

Flathead National Forest Danaher area: affected closed trails include the Eastside South Fork Trail #126 from junction with Rapid Creek #142 south to boundary with Lolo National Forest, including connecting trails Alloy Creek #265, Calf Creek #277, Spring Creek #144, Bar Creek #140, Limestone Pass #143, Blackfoot Divide #278. Alternate routes include Stadler Pass to Benchmark, Jenny Creek/Youngs Pass to Lodgepole TH, and Youngs Creek via Pyramid Pass to Pyramid TH.

Cause: Lightning

Conditions: Higher temperatures and wind giving way to cooler temperatures and likely precipitation as the week goes on

More fire information: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/7660/63404/

Alder Creek Fire

Updated August 13, 12:14 p.m.

Location: About 7 miles west of Wise River in the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest.

Size: 11,999 acres

Containment: 10%

Evacuation orders and warnings: 

Stage 1 evacuation Highway 43 from Mile Marker 35 to the County Line at Mile Marker 41.5. This includes the residents of Doolittle Creek Road and North Doolittle Creek Road.

South side of Highway 43 from Alder Creek Road to Dickie Bridge.

West side of the Scenic Byway from the Wisdom Airport to Harriette Lou Road.

All evacuation orders were removed in Alder Creek drainage and Southside of Highway 43 from Alder Creek Road to Mile Marker 62.

Lemhi County Sheriff has contacted residences in threatened areas on the west side of the Trail Creek Fire in Idaho and placed in “Set” evacuation status. Info: 208-756-8980.

Major closures: Closures for the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest here.

Highway 43 and Pioneer Byway remain open. Motorists are asked to slow down and be on the alert for firefighters, heavy smoke, and downed trees. Please check the Montana DOT Road Report website https://www.mdt.mt.gov/travinfomobile for current conditions.

Continental Divide Trail: Closed from Lemhi Pass north to Mussigbrod Creek.

Big Hole National Battlefield is closed until further notice.

North and South VanHouten, Miner Lakes, Twin Lakes, May Creek and Divide Bridge Campgrounds are closed.

Forest Closure orders are in effect for all three fires.

Beaverhead-Deerlodge NF: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/bdnf/alerts-notices

Salmon-Challis NF: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/scnf/alerts-notices

Conditions: Today’s temperatures will be 75 to 85 with a minimum relative humidity between 18 to 25 percent and Northwest winds at 8 to 10 mph with gusts of 15 to 20mph. An evening wind shift from the North and Northeast could affect fire behavior on South-facing slopes. There is a predicted drying trend through the weekend with increasing temperatures and decreasing humidity.

Cause: Unknown

More fire information: https://www.facebook.com/AlderCreekandTrailCreekFires

https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7641/

Woods Creek Fire

Updated August 16, 11:52 a.m.

Location: 16 miles NE of Townsend, MT, near Boulder Lakes in the Big Belt Mountains.

Size: 55,476 acres

Containment: 47%

Evacuation orders and warnings: Effective August 11, the Broadwater County Sheriff’s Office lifted the evacuation order covering everything east of Highway 284 between Gravely Lane in the north and Dry Gulch Road in the south. Highway 284 remains open. Residents of Upper Duck Creek Road, Upper Gurnett Creek Road, Upper Confederate Road, Ambush Drive, Battle Drive and from Upper Gurnett to White’s Gulch east and west of Highway 284 may return to their homes. All areas are currently in pre-evacuation. A mandatory evacuation of six cabins and Big Birch Creek is in place. The Meagher County Sheriff’s Office issued a pre-evacuation notice for residents on Birky Road and Ramspeck Lane and for Grassy Mountain residents.

Conditions: Red flag warning today — warm, dry, and windy. Tomorrow, a strong cold front will bring cooler weather with an 80% chance of up to an inch of rain in some locations. Wind direction will change to the north. After three nights of poor humidity recovery, fuels are extremely dry. The change in winds this afternoon could provoke increasing fire behavior and there is a possibility of some dry lightning strikes.

Tomorrow, a strong cold front will bring cooler weather with an 80% chance of up to an inch of rain in some locations. Wind direction will change to the north. After three nights of poor humidity recovery, fuels are extremely dry. The change in winds this afternoon could provoke increasing fire behavior and there is a possibility of some dry lightning strikes.

More fire information: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7649/

American Fork Fire

Updated August 16, 6:56 p.m. 

Acreage: 20,187

Containment: 57%

Start date: July 17, 2021

Cause: Lightning

Personnel: 90

Location: 24 miles southwest of Harlowton, Montana.

Conditions: Red flag warning until 12 a.m. Aug. 17.

Evacuation and Warnings: As of August 9, Park Co Sheriff’s Office has moved Shields River Road residents back to pre-evacuation status. Meager County has done the same with the Smith Creek area. This is due to favorable weather and fire behavior but could change as needed. The county roads in the area are open; however, there are still closures in the forest.

More Information: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7681/

https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7681/

Black Mountain Fire

Updated August 16, 12:27 p.m.

Location: 13 miles south of Jackson, MT and east of Skinner Lake and Skinner Meadows in both the Dillon and Wisdom Ranger Districts.

Size: 1,042

Containment: 75%

Evacuation orders and warnings: 

Stage 1 evacuation on Highway 43 from Mile Marker 35 to the County Line at Mile Marker 41.5. This includes the residents of Doolittle Creek Road and North Doolittle Creek Road. Southside of Highway 43 from Alder Creek Road to Dickie Bridge. Westside of the Scenic Byway from the Wisdom Airport to Harriette Lou Road.

All evacuation status removed in Alder Creek drainage and Southside of Highway 43 from Alder Creek Road to Mile Marker 62.

Lemhi County Sheriff has contacted residences in threatened areas on the west side of the Trail Creek Fire in Idaho and placed in “Set” evacuation status. Info: 208-756-8980.

Major closures: Hwy 43 and Pioneer Byway remain open. Motorists are asked to slow down and be on the alert for firefighters, heavy smoke, and downed trees. Please check the Montana DOT Road Report website MDT.MT.gov/travinfomobile for current conditions.

-Continental Divide Trail: Closed from Lemhi Pass north to Mussigbrod Creek.

-Big Hole National Battlefield is closed until further notice. North and South VanHouten, Miner Lakes, Twin Lakes, May Creek and Divide Bridge Campgrounds are closed.

-Forest Closure orders are in effect for all three fires.

Beaverhead-Deerlodge NF: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/bdnf/alerts-notices

Salmon-Challis NF: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/scnf/alerts-notices

Conditions: Today’s weather pattern remains similar to recent days with temperatures in the low to mid 80s with minimum relative humidity in the mid to high teens, and West-Northwest winds at 8 to 10 mph with gusts of 15 to 20mph. Winds are expected to be predominantly terrain driven.

Cause: Lightning

More fire information: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7691/

Granite Pass Complex

Updated: August 16, 9 a.m.

Location: Multiple locations near Lolo Pass. The Granite Pass Complex consists of four fires. The Shotgun and Boulder Creek fires are on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests. The BM Hill Fire is on both the Nez Perce-Clearwater and the Lolo National Forests. The Lolo Creek fire is exclusively on the Lolo National Forest. The use of water is aiding crews with mop-up operations to protect the Highway 12 transportation corridor, timber resources, electric transmission lines, and recreational improvements while also minimizing impacts to private property and structures. A slight increase in fire activity was observed on Sunday as warm, dry, and windy conditions aligned.

Size: 5,911 acres

Containment: 15 percent

Conditions: Today, high temperatures are forecast to be in the mid 70s with relative humidity levels increasing to 28-33%. Winds are expected to increase from the southwest, which could cause an increase in fire behavior. Cooler weather and precipitation are in the forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday.

Cause: Lightning

Cost: $9.7 million

More information: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7653/

Crooks Fire

Updated: August 14

Location: 10 air miles east of Arlee, Montana

Size: 1,130

Containment: 0%

Evacuation and Closures: St. Mary’s to the North Fork is closed

Main Jocko Road (1000 Rd) is closed at the 3000 Rd junction.

No structures are threatened, and no evacuation orders are in effect.

More information: https://csktribes.org/index.php/more/archived-news/1425-crooks-fire-update-as-of-august-14-2021

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