Helena - Lewis and Clark National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
2880 Skyway Drive Helena Montana 59602
Helena, MT 59602
The fire was active today despite a higher relative humidity in the area. High winds remain from the cold front that passed through early this morning, which helped move the fire in areas with dry fuels and the right topographic alignment.
Helicopters are continuing to work with ground crews to drop buckets of water on hot spots and to help cool the fire in areas of high need. The winds helped move smoke out of the area and keep high visibility which aided in keeping air support in flight all day.
Crews are focusing their work in the areas with the most concern and where infrastructure is threatened. This includes the Elk Meadows/Evergreen Subdivision, Silver King Lake, Alice Creek, and along HWY 200.
Heavy equipment such as dozers and skidgens are working to improve areas where it is unsafe to put fire personnel on the ground. Their main goals are to improve road systems that can act as existing fire line, remove standing dead trees that pose serious risk to firefighter safety, and create new fire line where necessary.
Some of these areas, including the Elk Meadows/Evergreen community, and residences along the 200 road, remain under mandatory evacuation. Alice Creek, Landers Fork, and Elk Trail Park remain under pre-evacuation and should be ready to leave should fire behavior increase in that area.
Fire crews will continue to staff over night as the fire has been active during night time due to a thermal belt that traps heat above the area. Winds from the passing cold front will remain overnight and into the next day or two. The goals overnight will be to reduce threats in the Elk Meadows/Evergreen subdivision, Silver King Lake, and Alice Creek areas.
Tomorrow, any growth of the fire is expected to be in the east, south, and west edges of the fire. This will be mainly due to high winds that are primarily terrain driven. Because of the values at risk in these areas, firefighters will be strategically placed in order to be the most effective.
On Tuesday, September 12, The Great Basin Incident Management Team 2 will host a homeowners meeting for the residents of Dearborn Canyon. This meeting will take place at 7 p.m. located at the C Bar N Mission.
The Forest expanded the area closure as a result of the aggressive and widespread fire activity occurring across the Forest. A map of the Closure Order can be found at: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5410/39087/
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