Storm Events Database

Event Details

Event Wildfire
State MONTANA
County/Area MUSSELSHELL
WFO BYZ
Report Source Other Federal Agency
NCDC Data Source CSV
Begin Date 2012-08-24 13:00:00.0 MST-7
End Date 2012-08-30 23:00:00.0 MST-7
Deaths Direct/Indirect 0/0 (fatality details below, when available...)
Injuries Direct/Indirect 0/0
Property Damage
Crop Damage
Episode Narrative The Delphia Wildfire was reported on August 24th at approximately 2 pm. It was caused by a lightning strike on the evening of August 23rd and originated 16 miles east/northeast of Roundup. The lightning ignited fire remained dormant until the afternoon of the 24th when hot temperatures, low afternoon humidities and windy conditions resulted in the fire exploding to 18,000 acres and then again to as much as 30,000 acres on the 26th. Total area burned was 40,653 acres.
Air tankers and helicopters helped in the fire effort. The wildfire grew to almost 55 square miles. About 15 to 20 outbuildings were destroyed, but no homes were lost. The area from Musselshell to Melstone and south to Custer lost power when the fire destroyed a 50-kilovolt transmission line. The fire burned in timber, grass and sage. Almost 370 crew members fought the fire including five helicopters, three heavy air tankers, 48 engines, 14 tenders, seven dozers, four Type 2 initial attack crews, two Type 2 fire crews and two hot shot crews.
The fire was contained on August 31st at approximately 12 am. More detailed information can be found at www.inciweb.org.
Event Narrative


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All events for this episode:

Location County/Zone St. Date Time T.Z. Type Mag Dth Inj PrD CrD
Totals: 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MUSSELSHELL (ZONE) MUSSELSHELL (ZONE) MT 08/24/2012 13:00 MST-7 Wildfire 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
Totals: 0 0 0.00K 0.00K