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Shellrock Fire

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Shellrock Fire Update Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Shellrock Fire Wildfire
News – 8/21/2018

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

SIZE: 500 acres
CAUSE: Lightning
FIRE LOCATION: 25 miles N of Helena, Cascade County
PROTECTION: DNRC and Cascade County
OWNERSHIP: Fish, Wildlife & Parks and private


6 Engines
2 Helicopters
2 Twenty-person hand crews
6 Heavy Equipment (2 dozers, 4 skidgens)

FIRE SITUATION: Significant rainfall occurred over the fire area yesterday which has made the native surface roads impassable and created slippery conditions in the steep, rugged terrain. Demobilization of resources is slated to begin this morning. A small crew of local resources will continue to monitor the fire, rehab and grass seed the fire perimeter, and mop up in the future if needed. This will be the last fire update unless significant activity occurs.

The Shellrock Fire is burning heavy timber and grass in steep remote country with extremely difficult access. The fire is primarily located in the Beartooth Wildlife Management Area and portions of private ranchlands. The fire is approximately five miles north of Beaver Creek Road, and two miles west of Middle Creek Lake. A high-voltage powerline and pipeline is in the area but not threatened at this time along with two ranch cabins and a historic cabin.

The Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) County Assist Team, Incident Commander David Hamilton, is in place and managing the fire while working closely with local landowners, Cascade County, Fish Wildlife and Parks (FWP), and interagency fire cooperators.

CLOSURE: FWP Beartooth Wildlife Management Area is closed due to fire activity and will open as soon as it is safe to do so. Contact FWP Region 4 Headquarters in Great Falls for further closure information.

EVACUATION: No evacuations are in place.