Strawberry Creek Fire courtesy Inciweb

The Crucifixion Creek, Strawberry Creek and Scalp fires, as of Monday are still growing in the northern part of the state.

The three fires are managed by a Type-3 Incident Management Team working with limited ground and aerial resources due to other fires in the state.

The Strawberry Creek Fire saw the most growth over the weekend. The fire grew by just over 3,750 acres and has now burned a total of 4,913 acres.

The fire is three miles from Swift Dam in the Bob Marshall Wilderness.

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The fire was affected by wind on Sunday and is now up the west side of Mount Richmond

Five dozers, five engines, two helicopters and one hotshot crew are on site at the Swift Dam and preplanned management actions are being coordinated with Pondera and Teton County Sheriffs, the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

The Pondera County Sheriff’s Department has started making pre-evacuation calls to areas that may be affected if the fire goes past the Forest Service boundaries.

Ranchers are encouraged to move livestock away from the mountain front.

Crucifixion Creek Fire courtesy Inciweb

The Crucifixion Creek Fire is approximately 10 miles southwest of Heart Butte in the Badger-Two Medicine area.

The fire has burned 9,668 acres as of Monday morning and is 1 percent contained. Although growth has been minimal, aviation resources have been unable to fly due to high winds and worsened visibility.

A new fire crew arrived at the Badger Cabin on Saturday.


Scalp Fire courtesy Inciweb

The Scalp Fire grew by over 1,500 acres on Sunday and is now at approximately 13,355 acres.

The fire is located seven miles west of the Teton Pass Ski Area and is backing in a fire perimeter area from 2007.

The fire is moving towards Open Creek with some spotting north of Seven-Up Creek.

Crews are focusing on structure protection at the Gooseberry Cabin and Wrong Creek.

For more information on all Montana Fires, click here.

Crucifixion Creek Fire map courtesy Inciweb