Helena - Lewis and Clark National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
2880 Skyway Drive Helena Montana 59602
Helena, MT 59602
Red Flag conditions will prevail over the fire throughout the day. High winds will be out of the west/southwest between 15-20 mph gusting up to 30-40 mph during the afternoon. This, combined with low relative humidity and record low fuel moistures have the potential to create very active fire behavior and rapid fire spread.
Despite the windy conditions, last night firefighters saw relatively calm fire behavior. Their efforts were focused in areas that are holding heat and posing the most threat to fire lines and infrastructure. Silver King Lake and the continental divide near Elk Meadows were the main areas of concern.
Today, these same areas are expected to be active when weather conditions, terrain, and fuel are aligned to create active fire behavior. Aircraft may be an unreliable resource today as the wind can make it dangerous to fly.
With many critical fire behavior elements lining up, the potential for dangerous fire behavior exists. Firefighters remain vigilant for what is known as a “heads-up day.” Firefighters on the ground will remain in the fire area as long as it is safe to do so. If fire conditions become too risky, personnel will be pulled off the line to reevaluate the situation. Firefighter and public safety remains of upmost concern.
Along highway 200 in the fire area, and along Highway 435 at the Hoon Incident Command Post, Montana Department of Transportation has issued a temporary 35 mph speed limit to ensure the safety of fire crews and motorists in the area. Drive cautiously in these areas as slow moving equipment and firefighters may be on the road at any time. Please check the DOT website for the most updated travel information as road closure may become necessary. “Know before you go.”
Mandatory evacuations remain in effect for residents between mile marker 92 and highway 434 – along highway 200 on both sides of the road. Elk Meadows/Evergreen subdivisions are under mandatory evacuation notices. Landers Fork, Elk Trail Park and the Alice Creek communities are under a “pre-evacuation” notice.