Helena - Lewis and Clark National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
2880 Skyway Drive Helena Montana 59602
Helena, MT 59602
ALICE CREEK FIRE
FIRE INFORMATION FACT SHEET
AUGUST 27, 2017 10:00 a.m.
DATE OF DETECTION: Saturday, July 22, 2017
CURRENT ·ESTIMATED· SIZE: 3,900+ acres
JURISDICTION: Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest, Lincoln and Rocky Mountain Ranger Districts
COOPERATING AGENCIES: Lewis & Clark County, Montana DNRC, Lincoln Fire Rescue, Wolf Creek Volunteer Fire Department
Evacuation orders and Pre-evacuation notices are in-place.
There will be a Community Meeting on Monday, August 28th at 7 p.m.
at the Augusta Youth Center
YESTERDAY’S ACTIVITY: Due to dry fuel conditions and continued hot, dry and gusty wind conditions the fire continued to actively burn and move east and south, spotting in the Red Mountain area. The fire was actively burning until about 3 a.m. this morning. Due to that active fire behavior, Lewis and Clark County Sheriff issued mandatory evacuations and pre-evacuation notifications for residents southeast of the fire.
EVACUATIONS/PRE-EVACUATIONS: Lewis and Clark County Sheriff issued mandatory evacuations for residences in the Elk Meadows (Evergreen) subdivision southeast of the fire, and ranches west of Road 434/435 north of Highway 200. Pre-evacuation notices were given to residences located near Elk Meadows subdivision (about mile-marker 93) along Hwy 200 up to mile-maker 102. The American Red Cross has reopened a shelter at First Assembly of God Church in Helena (2210 Dodge Ave.) for evacuated residents.
TODAY’S PLANNED ACTIVITY: A fire crew and engines will work to keep the fire north of Alice Creek Trailhead; while other firefighters and engines will focus on the east-edge near the Elk Meadows/Evergreen subdivision area. Multiple air resources—including six helicopters, two single-engine air tankers (SEATs), and two very large air tankers (VLATs)—will be available today. Air resources will work on the fire all day, as weather permits.
There will be a Community Meeting on Monday, August 28th at 7 p.m. at the Augusta Youth Center
TODAY’S WEATHER: Continued hot and dry conditions will continue to affect fire behavior today. Temperatures will be in the upper-80s with relative humidity levels dipping to 11-16%. Westerly winds are expected to be light at 5 mph, but could get breezy at times from terrain-driven winds.
CLOSURES: An area closure is in-place today, affecting multiple trails and roads, due to the fire activity. A trail re-route is established for hikers along the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail, as shown on the map.