UPDATE 1 | JULY 31, 2021

A lightning-sparked fire ignited on July 17, 2021, located in northeast Crazy Mountains, about 24 miles southwest of Harlowtown, Montana. It is one of many that broke out in the area on the White Sulphur Springs Ranger District of the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest.

The fire is broken up in two separate parts: east side (Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest) and west side (Custer Gallatin National Forest).

East side: fseprd934255.pdf (usda.gov) (Closures)

West side: fseprd933208.pdf (usda.gov) (Closures)

Aerial View of the American Fork Fire on the morning of July 18th
Credit | USFS

The Southern Area IMT Gold Team assumed command on July 23, 2021, with IC Debbie Beard as the lead.

Level 3 Evacuations | GO NOW! in Progress | Smith Creek subdivision.

Fire behavior is extreme with isolated torching, backing and flanking.

Light rain fell over the fire ground yesterday.

Fire has destroyed 14,325 acres of grass with timber litter and heavy conifer with significant dead and down.

It is now at a 10% containment status.

Fire Community Meetings (Source: inciweb)

Community Meetings for Divide Complex, American Fork and Woods Creek fires – InciWeb the Incident Information System (nwcg.gov)

August 1, 2021 | 1900 hours | Rodeo Grounds, Wilsall.

August 3, 2021 | 1900 hours | 191 Cafe’, Melville.

There are 226 total personnel with three crews and 21 engines.

$2.6 Million is the cost-to-date for fire suppression and containment expenses.

Estimated containment date is Friday, October 15, 2021.

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