Montana Department of Natural Resources & Conservation
1539 Eleventh Ave.
Helena, MT 59601
This will be the last fire update pending a significant change in fire activity
Fire Summary: The Lump Gulch Fire was reported on June 13th in north Jefferson County near Sheep Mountain. On initial attack, firefighters worked in challenging weather conditions and heavy fuel loads to establish an anchor point and build containment lines. Currently, 92 personnel from local and county fire departments, the Montana DNRC, and the USFS are assigned to the fire. It includes three 20-person hand crews, one feller buncher, and one helicopter. Snags continue to pose a safety threat, as the fire is in heavy beetle-killed timber with significant dead and down fuel loading.
Fire Behavior: Fire behavior and fire spread are minimal. Smoke may be visible in weeks to come because of there being patches of unburned fuel within the interior of the fire.
Weather: Partly cloudy today and tomorrow with stray showers/thunderstorms possible
Planned Actions: At noon, the Type 3 Central Montana IMT will transition to an Incident Commander Type 4 from the local unit. Fire crews will continue to build and reinforce containment and access lines on the east and west sides of the fire as well as begin work clearing evacuation routes should they be needed for future operations.
Evacuations & Closures: Currently, there are no evacuation or pre-evacuation orders in place. There is a permanent area closure on USFS land near the active timber sale.
Fire location: North Jefferson County
Start date: June 13th
Protection: DNRC & USFS
Ownership: USFS, BLM, State, & Private
Incident Commander: Shane Martin/Adon Hahn
Size: 1,073 acres (estimated)
Fuels: Standing dead and down timber, rocky outcrops and grass intermixed throughout.
Cause: Power lines
2 type 1 hand crews (‘hotshots’)
1 type 2 initial attack crews
1 feller buncher
Total Personnel: 92
Facebook: Jefferson County Montana Sheriff's Office, Lewis & Clark County Sheriff's Office, Montana DNRC, Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest
Preparedness Message: Are you prepared for an evacuation? -Practice two escape routes -Designate an emergency meeting location -Assemble a “Go Bag” with emergency supplies -Keep fire extinguishers on hand and know how to use them -Have a plan for your animals