Montana Department of Natural Resources & Conservation
1539 Eleventh Ave.
Helena, MT 59601
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 15, 2020
Duane Buchi, 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. The fire is approximately 1,500 acres and considered to be 15% contained. The fire cause is still under investigation. Fire crews and heavy equipment will continue to build and reinforce containment lines on the east and west side of the fire, working towards the north end. Crews will also mop up and take care of any hotspots inside the fire perimeter. Multiple aerial resources remain available.
Fire behavior and fire spread is minimal with occasional hot spots. At this time, two outbuildings have been lost in the fire. The fire is burning in steep, rugged terrain with heavy standing dead and down timber. It is likely that this fire will continue to smolder and produce smoke in the coming weeks.
The Central Montana Type III Incident Management Team is assigned to the fire. Shane Martin is the Incident Commander.
All mandatory evacuation orders have been lifted, but several areas in Jefferson County are under pre-evacuation notices including Sheep Mountain, Ohio Gulch, Travis Creek, Blue Sky Heights, Forest Park Estates, Jackson Creek, and Lump Gulch. All pre-evacuation notices in Lewis and Clark County were lifted on Sunday.
The Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest issued an area closure around the Good Neighbor Authority Brooklyn Bridge Timber Sale due to fire-related activity in the area. The DNRC is asking the public to stay clear of the area as congestion problems may impact our ability to access the area safely.
Please visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6770/ [gcc02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com] [gcc02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com] for the latest updates on the Lump Gulch Fire.
Current resources assigned to the fire: