Montana Department of Natural Resources & Conservation
1539 Eleventh Ave.
Helena, MT 59601
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 14, 2020
Kristin Sleeper, Public Information Officer
FIRE UPDATE: LUMP GULCH FIRE
HELENA, MT— On Saturday, June 13, 2020 a fire ignited in Lump Gulch in northern Jefferson County near Sheep Mountain. Yesterday’s aerial observations indicate the fire is approximately 1,500 acres and additional resources continue to arrive to the fire. Crews are focusing on securing the line established yesterday and continuing to build line on both sides of the fire. Aerial resources remain available.
At this time, two outbuildings have been lost in the fire. We are unaware of any other structure losses. The fire is still considered to be zero percent contained and the cause of the fire is still under investigation. The fire is burning in steep, rugged terrain with heavy dead and down timber.
As of 12:00 p.m. the Central Montana Type III Incident Management Team assumed control of the fire. Shane Martin is the Incident Commander.
All mandatory evacuation orders have been lifted, but several areas remain under pre-evacuation orders including Sheep Mountain, Ohio Gulch, Travis Gulch, Davis Gulch, Blue Sky Heights, Forest Park Estates, Jackson Creek, and Lump Gulch. All pre-evacuation orders in Lewis and Clark County have been lifted. Please be advised that any evacuation order will come from local sheriff’s departments, however, anyone who is the area who feels unsafe is advised to evacuate. DNRC is asking the public to stay clear of the area, as congestion problems may impact our ability to access the area safely given the wet conditions.
Please visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6770/ [gcc02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com] for the latest updates on the Lump Gulch Fire.
Current resources assigned to the fire: