Helena - Lewis and Clark National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
2880 Skyway Drive Helena Montana 59602
Helena, MT 59602
This will be the last fire update from Great Basin Team 2.
The Fire Remains at 29,252 acres and 80% contained.
Due to the hard work of the firefighters and recent significant precipitation, command of the fire will transfer from Great Basin Team 2 back to local agencies on Monday, September 18 at 6 a.m. The Incident Command Post at Hoon Ranch will be dismantled at that time. The team would like to thank everyone involved for all their support and cooperation during our stay on the Alice Creek Fire.
The previous three days brought continuous rain and snow over the Alice Creek Fire area. Precipitation amounts totaled 2+ inches. Another low pressure system is expected to move into the area on Monday and bring more precipitation and cold temperatures.
With all the precipitation the fire has received, fire activity has been greatly reduced as moisture is soaking into the fuels. As the vegetation takes on precipitation, many days of dry and warm weather are needed for the fuels to once again burn. Weather forecasts are showing that an extended series of dry and warm days will not take place in the foreseeable future.
While fire growth is not expected, remaining firefighters still have work to do throughout the fire area. However, many of the access routes into the fire are dirt roads, which limit access due to muddy conditions. Firefighters are continuing to monitor the fire and will address any areas that may threaten containment lines. They will also continue to backhaul equipment such as water pumps, hoses and water tanks that are no longer needed.
Fire suppression repair throughout the fire area will continue once weather conditions allow. No active fire suppression is expected to be necessary on the fire over the next few days due to these weather conditions. Firefighters and equipment that are no longer needed are being released from the fire, and sent to other area fires where the need is greater.
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, Landers Fork Road from the junction with Copper Creek Road, and McDonough Road. The Helena - Lewis & Clark National Forests Area Closure order for the Alice Creek Fire has been modified as of September 15, 2017.