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 3
Size: Approximately 5,019 acres Containment: 90% Cause: Human Caused
Location: Approximately three miles northwest of Lake Helena Structures destroyed: 0
Mike Almas’ Type 2 Incident Management Team is managing the North Hills Fire. Command of the fire will transition to a Type 3 Incident Management Team at 6:00 a.m. tomorrow on Monday, August 5, 2019.
Large logs and stumps may continue to smolder with visible smoke in interior areas even as the fire cools. Firefighters continue to secure, mop-up, and patrol along the fire’s perimeter. Crews will continue with suppression repair of areas impacted by fighting operations. The Owl Gulch and Devil’s Tower Fires remain in patrol status.
Many crews are being reassigned to other incidents, however, firefighters and equipment still remain. The public should use extreme caution for firefighter safety where crews are working along or near roadways as they complete their work. Please drive slowly and be vigilant. Do not enter burned areas as hazards will be present.
Following the transition to the Type 3 Incident Management Team on August 5, 2019, the Incident Command Post will remain in place as Mike Almas’ Northern Rockies Incident Management Team 3 takes command of the Nevada Creek Complex (Nevada Creek and Black Diamond Fires) in the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest.
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. No structures have been lost during the fire.
Evacuations and Closures:
The Lewis and Clark County Sheriff’s office lifted all remaining evacuation orders on Thursday, August 1, 2019.
The BLM modified its closure order, but area closures remain in place around the burn. The Forest Service lifted its closure order on August 2, 2019. Campgrounds are open.
The orders are posted on InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/6464/
Weather & Fuel Conditions: Sunny in the morning becoming partly cloudy in the afternoon, temperature: 86-91 degrees, minimum humidity: 18-23 percent, valley winds: 4-8 MPH in the afternoon, ridgetop winds: 6-12 MPH gusting to 18 MPH.
Temporary Flight Restrictions: Temporary flight restrictions (TFR) have been lifted.
Announcements: Open burning is closed.