State Creek Fire August 29, 2020

Update, September 6 11:36 am-

InciWeb is reporting the State Creek Fire to be at 1,000 acres Sunday morning.

On Saturday, the the fire was very active due to the high winds the Dillon Interagency Dispatch Center says. 

Burn out operations were conducted to consume unburned fuels, keeping the fire within the indirect lines. 

Helicopters assisted with bucket drops but were grounded later in the day due to high winds and low visibility, Air attack dropped several loads of retardant. 

Firefighters from the State Creek Fire, Beaverhead-Deerlodge NF, Butte-Silver Bow, and Jefferson County also assisted with four new fire starts during the day as well.


Update September 4 11:50 am-

An update on the State Creek fire was shared by the Dillon Interagency Dispatch Center Friday, saying the fire is about 40 acres big and there is 0% containment on the fire.

Smoke from the fire is visible from Whitetail Road and may be visible from Whitehall as well.

The cause of the fire was determined to be a lightning strike on August, 25 that went undetected until August 29.

Gusty winds Thursday caused the fire to spread east out of the main perimeter by half a mile the update says.

Several buckets of water were dropped by two helicopters to slow the spread of the fire.

Crews are currently implementing indirect lines to creat fuel breaks along roads and private inholdings.

The update says fire officials are hopeful the indirect line, additional fire personnel and the assistance of Jefferson County will protect private property that may be in the fire’s path.

At this time, there are no closures in the area, however, if fire activity increases with predicted warmer temperatures, an area closure may be necessary.

UPDATE - Sept. 2, 11:56 a.m.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office (JCSO) is sharing an update on the State Creek Fire saying there was little increase in size Tuesday and Tuesday night. 

According to a Facebook post from JCSO, the fire did create more smoke as predicted, however. 

JCSO says crews have finished road prep work and are working to protect private in-holdings nearby. Crews are setting up contingency line where they can and they are preparing more equipment in a situation if necessary.

Weather is forecasted to be warm and dry through the weekend and crews are keeping a close watch on the fire.

BEAVERHEAD-DEERLODGE NAT'L FOREST - Crews are working to extinguish a small wildfire spotted at in the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest Monday morning.

The State Creek fire is located northeast of the Whitetail Reservoir, south of the Little Boulder drainage, approximately at the head of State Creek. 

The Jefferson County Montana Sheriff's Office (JCSO) writes in a Facebook post the fire is an estimated 3-acres large. JCSO writes crews will use aerial resources put out the fire and ground resources to alleviate mining claims and roads in the area.

JCSO writes smoke is expected to create a visible column Tuesday with Red Flag weather conditions. 

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