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Alice Creek Fire

Unit Information

Helena - Lewis and Clark National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
2880 Skyway Drive
Helena, MT 59602

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This will be the last update for the Alice Creek Fire unless a need to post additional information arises.

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation will assume command of the Alice Creek Fire on Monday, September 18. As weather conditions allow, additional work on the fire will occur. If hot spots arise as the area dries out, firefighters will address the situation.

Revised Forest Service Fire Area Closures are in effect as of September 15, 2017. Please see the closure orders under the "Closure" tab, and the maps that go with the closures under the "Maps" tab.

By order of the Lewis & Clark County Sheriff, evacuation orders have been lifted.

The Alice Creek Fire was discovered on July 22 in the Alice Creek Drainage, 16 miles northeast of Lincoln, Montana at 11 p.m. The fire start was likely a holdover lightning strike from a large thunderstorm that passed across the forest on July 14. Initial and extended attack efforts on the fire were not successful. The fire experienced large growth on August 26, September 2, 3, and 4, but weather conditions now mean the fire will not become as active as in the past - as fuels dry, some hot spots will be seen in places around the fire.

While recent weather conditions have stop fire growth, the fire is in dense conifer forest and grass, with a large amount of dead and downed beetle killed timber, making suppression efforts difficult. Over the past several weeks, hot, dry and windy weather with no precipitation equated to fire behavior becoming extreme. Incident management teams were called in to help the forest manage the fire.

Highway 200 and all other major routes in the fire area remain open, but can be closed at a moment’s notice as fire activity requires –C heck the Montana Department of Transportation website for travel updates. Follow the Lewis & Clark County Sheriff’s and the Helena - Lewis & Clark National Forests Facebook pages for updates.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginSaturday July 22nd, 2017 approx. 06:37 PM
Location16 miles northeast of Lincoln, MT
Incident CommanderDavid Hamilton, IC
Incident DescriptionThe Alice Creek Fire Is Located On Both Sides Of The Continental Divide In The Alice Creek Drainage, Falls Creek Drainage, Red Mountain, Telephone Gulch, North Fork Of Green Creek, Lewis And Clark Pass And Scapegoat Wilderness.
Coordinates47.154 latitude, -112.502 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel5
Size29,252 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained80%
Fuels Involved

Dense timber with a litter and grass understory

Significant Events

Fire personnel are working to rehabilitate portions of the fire, burned area.


Projected Incident Activity

Minimal fire behavior is expected with no perimeter growth on the fire.


**CLOSURES ARE LIFTED!** Although the area is reopened, please be careful! Numerous snags and hazard trees are in the area, as a result of the wildfire activity.

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