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3 wildfires continue burning along northern Rocky Mountain Front

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Scalp fire (Courtesy of Inciweb) Scalp fire (Courtesy of Inciweb)

Three large wildfires are still burning in western Pondera County and Teton County.

Last week, a Type 3 Incident Management Team assumed management for the Crucifixion Creek, Strawberry Creek and Scalp fires. 

No injuries have been reported. All three fires were sparked by lightning.

The Crucifixion Creek Fire was reported on Aug. 11. It has burned an estimated 9,688 acres as of Monday. The fire is located in the Badger Two Medicine area on the Rocky Mountain Ranger District. The fire is in rough terrain of heavy timber and rocky, discontinuous vegetation. 

The Strawberry Fire was reported on Aug. 25.  As of Monday, it has burned approximately 4,913 acres. With the frontal passage on Saturday evening, the fire carried to the northeast over the Continental Divide, past Tubby Creek and onto the west side of Mount Sentinel, 1½ miles west of Swift Reservoir. The fire is well established on the north side of the Middle Fork of Birch Creek. On the western portion of the fire, it continues to back down toward Trail #161. The fire continues to be monitored from Sabido Cabin. On the Rocky Mountain Ranger District, helicopters dropped water on the eastern portion of the fire cooling the edge. Crews and resources are onsite to support firefighting efforts.

The Scalp Fire was reported on Tuesday, Aug. 15.  It has burned an estimated 13,355 acres as of Monday. It is located three miles south of Gooseberry Cabin, on Bow Mountain, in the Bob Marshall Wilderness in the Flathead National Forest. It continues to move down Park Creek toward to confluence of Bowl and Strawberry Creeks. It is also working around Mount May. To the west, the fire is slowly moving uphill towards Dean Lake and the Trilobite Range. Minimal growth occurred to the northeast with the frontal passage Saturday evening. Crews continue to monitor the fire from Gooseberry and Wrong Creek Cabins. 

There are two community meetings scheduled for people to get more information about the fires:

  • Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017 at 6 p.m. at the Heart Butte School-Multi-Purpose Room
  • Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017 at 6 p.m. at the Dupuyer Community Hall

Click here for more information about the fires at Inciweb.

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