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Horsefly Fire

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Helena - Lewis and Clark National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
2880 Skyway Drive Helena Montana 59602
Helena, MT 59602

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Phone: 406-750-8934
Hours: 0600 to 2200 hours

Horsefly Fire Daily Update August 13, 2019

Horsefly Fire Wildfire
News – 8/13/2019

Fire Information Line: 406-458-4992


Incident Commander: Shane Martin, Western Montana Type 3 Team

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At 0600 this morning Mike Almas’ Type 2 Team transferred command of the Horsefly Fire to Shane Martin’s Central Montana Type 3 Incident Management Team. This fire is situated in steep terrain, in dense timber with a heavy load of beetle killed fuels, and is located southwest and east of Lincoln, Montana. As of this morning the Nevada Creek Fire has been turned over to the local district. It is currently in patrol status.

Horsefly Fire

Size: Approximately 1,350 acres Containment: 55% Cause: Unknown

Location: Approximately 15 miles east of Lincoln Structures destroyed: 0

The past 72 hours have brought significant rainfall and higher humidity levels to the area, resulting in minimal fire activity. Yesterday, the crews were able to patrol and secure portions of the fire perimeter and increase the level of containment to 55%. Today, crews will look for opportunities to construct new containment line, and they will continue to secure, mop-up, and patrol existing containment lines. Intermittent smoke may still be visible, as the northern perimeter of the fire remains inaccessible due to steep terrain. Firefighter and public safety remains the number one priority in wildland fire suppression efforts.

Resources Threatened: Residences in Flesher Acres.

Evacuations and Closures: Portions of the Helena – Lewis and Clark Forest are closed to the public – please check the closures tab at

US Highway 279 is closed to bicycle traffic from the intersection of Montana Highway 200 to Stemple Pass Road. Due to the proximity of the fire to the Continental Divide Trail, the Forest Service has rerouted users of the CDT. Northbound, users exit the trail at Marysville Road. Continue north on MT Hwy 279. Take Stemple Pass Road to Lincoln. Travel east of MT Hwy 200 to rejoin the trail north of Mike Horse Creek Road. Southbound users should do the reverse.

Weather & Fuel Conditions: Today mostly sunny, with temperatures from 68-73 degrees. Minimum relative humidity from 32-37 percent. Ridgetop winds from the West, at 8-14 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph.

Temporary Flight Restrictions: Temporary flight restrictions (TFR) are no longer in effect around the entire fire area.

Announcements: Please refer to Inciweb for Continental Divide Trail closures and reroute information.

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