Helena - Lewis and Clark National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
2880 Skyway Drive Helena Montana 59602
Helena, MT 59602
Yesterday brought continuous rain over the Alice Creek Fire area, with snow falling throughout the night. The entire fire area is covered in snow at this time. Weather forecasts show that rain and snow will continue for the next several days.
Accordingly, the fire was not active yesterday as the moisture is soaking into the fuels. As the vegetation takes on precipitation, it will take many days of dry and warm weather for the fuels to once again burn. Weather forecasts are showing that an extended series of dry and warm days will not take place.
While the fire will not spread, firefighters do still have work to do throughout the fire area, however; as many of the access roads into the fire are dirt roads, access into the fire area is very limited due to muddy conditions. Firefighters are hunkering down for the next few days until road conditions allow then to get back into the fire area. Firefighters will work carefully to limit resource damage on muddy roads and trails and restrict driving off roads when possible. Firefighter safety is being emphasized as slippery roads, fog, poor visibility, and snow are all expected today.
By order of the Lewis & Clark County Sheriff, the areas that were evacuated for the Alice Creek Fire were opened yesterday to residents only to allow them to return to their homes and cabins. These areas remain closed to the public – residents only allowed (Residences on Highway 200, Elk Meadows Subdivision, Alice Creek, and Copper Creek/Landers Fork area to include Elk Trail Loop, Heavenly Pines).
Road closures are still in effect on these roads: Alice Creek Road, Copper Creek Road at the Landers Fork Road junction, and McDonough Road. Officials are evaluating closures today.
The Helena – Lewis & Clark Forest Area Closure order for the Alice Creek Fire remains in effect while Forest officials evaluate the potential for adjusting the closure area.