Montana Department of Natural Resources & Conservation
1539 Eleventh Ave.
Helena, MT 59601
Fire Information Line: 406-458-3508
Evacuation Information on: Lewis & Clark County Sheriff’s Office
or Lewis & Clark County Emergency Management Facebook Pages
Incident Commander: Mike Almas, Northern Rockies Incident Management Team
Size: Approximately 5,019 acres Containment: 65% Cause: Under investigation
Location: Approximately three miles northwest of Lake Helena Structures destroyed: 0
Mike Almas’ Type 2 Incident Management Team continues to manage the North Hills Fire.
Crews are still widening the fireline to secure the entire perimeter of the fire. Large logs and stumps may continue to smolder on the interior as the fire cools. Mop-up activities continue around structures in the Big Sandy Loop area. Fire perimeters were secured on the Owl Gulch and Devil’s Tower and fire crews are in mop-up and patrol status.
Air support is restructuring to support new fires and the helibase will move to Lincoln.
Firefighters, personnel and equipment remain in areas around the fire. The public should exercise extreme caution when returning home or recreating so crews can safely work. Do not enter burn areas as hazards may be present.
Resources Threatened: Resources threatened throughout the course of this fire have included private property, structures, and infrastructure in the Timber Trail area, El Dorado Heights, and American Bar. Additionally, grazing lands, recreational improvements along the Missouri River (White Sandy Campground, Black Sandy Campground), and potentially power lines in the vicinity have been at risk.
Evacuations and Closures: The Lewis and Clark County Sheriff’s office lifted the remaining North Hills Fire evacuation orders at noon on Thursday, August 1 for residents. Public areas were open at 7:00 pm. For information on White Sandy Campground, call 406-533-7600. For information on Black Sandy State Park, call 406-495-3270.
All U.S. Forest Service and BLM closure orders near the North Hills Fire remain in place until further notice.
All residents in the immediate vicinity of these fires are strongly encouraged to sign up for reverse 911 at http://www.smart911.com, should further evacuations be warranted. Residents in the general vicinity should remain vigilant and refer to the Lewis and Clark County Emergency Management and Lewis and Clark County Sheriff’s Office Facebook pages for status updates. See the closures tab on https://www.inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6464 for more details.
Weather & Fuel Conditions: The fire received minimal amounts of rain with the thunderstorms passing through. Temperatures will be in the upper-80s to mid-90s with humidity near 20%. Afternoon thunderstorms will move into the area, bringing the potential for very strong outflow winds with gusts up to 50 mph.
Temporary Flight Restrictions: Temporary flight restrictions (TFR) are in effect around the entire fire area. Remember, that temporary flight restrictions also apply to unmanned aircraft systems (drones), so if you fly, we can’t!
Announcements: Open burning is closed.