Helena - Lewis and Clark National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
2880 Skyway Drive Helena Montana 59602
Helena, MT 59602
Fire Update and Fire Behavior:
The focus of work remains on the western portion of the fire in the vicinity of Arrastra Creek. Last night’s infrared flight shows acreage gained on the northwest fire perimeter. The fire crested to the north side of Arrastra Mountain and into the headwaters of Dry Creek. Air operations will continue with water bucket drops on the active fire areas to the west of Arrastra Creek, focused on keeping the fire from crossing Beaver Creek Rd (4106). From Huckleberry Saddle down Dry Creek Road, contingency line is being constructed with heavy equipment to create a fuel break aimed at keeping the fire north of Dry Creek Road. Smoke from this, as well as other fires in the area and around the region continue to contribute to degraded air quality. Fire activity is moderate and terrain driven with uphill runs, backing, creeping and occasional single tree torching. Steep, rugged terrain, large dead and down fuels and numerous snags continue to be the primary safety concerns for fire crews. The safety of fire personnel and human life remain the highest priority.
Residents of Powell and Lewis & Clark counties are encouraged to sign up for emergency alerts.
Lewis & Clark County - https://www.smart911.com/smart911/registration/registrationLanding.action
Powell County - http://www.powellcountymt.gov/ez/inner.php?PageID=1488
To provide for firefighter and public safety during the fire, an Emergency Area Closure is in place for all National Forest Service lands, roads, and trails north of Highway 200. There are no evacuations at this time for the Park Creek Fire. Detailed information on Rice Ridge, Alice Creek, and other fires can be found on InciWeb.
The Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest is in Stage 1 Fire Restrictions – As of Saturday, September 2 at 12:01 AM, Stage 1 fire restrictions were amended to ban all campfires. Smoking is prohibited outside of buildings, vehicles and developed recreation sites, unless you are in a 3-foot-diameter area cleared of all burnable vegetation.