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Divide Complex-Ellis Fire

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

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News Releases — Divide Complex-Ellis Fire

Divide Complex Daily Update 8/1/2021 Released: 8/1/2021
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Divide Complex Daily Update 7/31/21 Released: 7/31/2021
A community meeting for information on the American Fork Fire will be held Sunday at 7:00 p.m. at the fairgrounds in Wilsall, MT. The Southern Area Incident Management Red Team, a Type 1 Team,...
Daily Update for Divide Complex and American Fork 7/30/2021 Released: 7/30/2021
 Current Situation On the Divide Complex, clouds and cooler temperatures moderated fire behavior yesterday. On the northwest side of the Balsinger Fire, crews tied fireline into the rock outcrops...
Daily Update for Divide Complex and American Fork Fire 7/29/2021 Released: 7/29/2021
Current Situation On the Divide Complex, cooler temperatures helped to moderate Balsinger Fire activity yesterday. In addition, southeasterly winds helped to decrease the immediate threat to the Belt...
Daily update for Divide Complex and American Fork 7/28/2021 Released: 7/28/2021
Current Situation On the Divide Complex, the Balsinger Fire was under heavy smoke all day due to an inversion. Active fire behavior continued, with backing and flanking on the north side near...
Daily update for Divide Complex and American Fork 7/27/2021 Released: 7/27/2021
Current Situation On the Divide Complex, the Balsinger Fire exhibited extreme fire behavior yesterday resulting in growth of more than 1,500 acres and long-range spotting. The fire reached the top of...
Daily update for Divide Complex and American Fork Fire 7/26/2021 Released: 7/26/2021
Current Situation National competition for resources remains extremely high. As a result, firefighters continue to face challenges in suppressing the Divide Complex and American Fork Fire due to lack...
Daily update Divide Complex and American Fork Fire 7/25/2021 Released: 7/25/2021
Current Conditions Under red flag conditions, the Divide Complex grew substantially on Friday. The Balsinger Fire made a long, sustained run north and east for about two miles, nearly doubling...
Daily update for Divide Complex and American Fork Fire 7/24/21 Released: 7/24/2021
Current SituationOn the Divide Complex yesterday, several spot fires caused the Balsinger Fire to grow past James, Horn and Tillinghast Creeks into Belt Park, where the Cascade County Sheriff’s...
Daily update for Divide Complex and American Fork Fire 07/23/2021 Released: 7/23/2021
On Friday, July 23, 2021, at 6 a.m. the Southern Area Incident Management Gold Team assumed command of the Divide Complex (Balsinger and Ellis Fires) and the American Fork Fire under the leadership...