Fact Sheet 9-13-17 10 pm
Alice Creek Fire Wildfire
News – 9/13/2017
This will be the last nightly fact sheet for the Alice Creek Fire. Daily updates will continue to be circulated online and throughout the communities of Wolf Creek, Augusta and the surrounding area.
- A cold front has moved over the fire area bringing much cooler temperatures and higher relative humidity. A wetting rain is forecasted with the possibility of up to an inch and a half of moisture within the next 72 hours. The snow level for tomorrow is at 6,000 feet and is expected to drop to 5,000 feet by Friday. These elevations could receive 1-2 inches of snow during the evening hours this weekend. This incoming weather will create a drastic change in fire behavior compared to what has been previously observed in the last month.
- The fire was very active today in Telephone Gulch moving eastward above Elk Meadows/Evergreen Subdivision due to dry and windy conditions. Crews were able to address multiple spot fires in Bear Canyon and the Telephone Gulch area. Fire personnel will monitor these areas throughout the night.
- Dozers completed line near Silver King Lake to the Forest Service boundary, while aviation resources helped cool active areas near the lake.
- Water bars were added to existing dozer line along Table Mountain Ridge to help prevent erosion. Crews are using mop up techniques to extinguish interior hot spots on the northern portion of the fire by Falls Creek Ridge.
- A temporary speed limit of 35 mph will remain along Highway 200 due to fire crews working within such close proximity to the road. There will also be a reduced speed limit along Highway 434 near the Hoon Spike Camp, where incident command is located. Please use caution when driving in these areas as slow moving equipment and fire personnel can be located anywhere along these roads.
- For information on local area and trail closures, how to contribute to firefighting efforts, and contact numbers for fires in the area, please call the Helena – Lewis and Clark National Forest automated information line at 406-495-3767.