From Inciweb Montana
Active fire behavior is taking place on the Alice Creek Fire. The fire is backing down to Highway 200 and firefighters are working to keep the fire on the west side of the Highway. Highway 200 remains open at this time, but motorists are advised to check with the Montana Department of Transportation for the latest status of the Highway. Expect smoky conditions on the roadway. A closure of the Highway may take place if fire conditions warrant.
The Alice Creek Fire was discovered on July 22 in the Alice Creek Drainage, 16 miles northeast of Lincoln, Montana at 11 p.m. The fire start was likely a holdover lightning strike from a large thunderstorm that passed across the forest on July 14. Initial and extended attack efforts on the fire were not successful. The fire experienced large growth on August 26, September 2, 3, and 4.
The fire is burning in dense conifer forest and grass with a large amount of dead and downed beetle killed timber, making suppression efforts difficult. Coupled with hot, dry and windy weather and no precipitation for months, fire behavior became extreme. Incident management teams were called in to help the forest manage the fire.
Highway 200 and all other major routes in the fire area remain open, but can be closed at a moment’s notice as fire activity requires –Check the Montana Department of Transportation website for travel updates. Follow the Lewis & Clark County Sheriff’s and the Helena – Lewis & Clark National Forests Facebook pages for updates.
Mandatory evacuations remain in effect for residents between mile makers 92 and highway 434 – along highway 200 on both sides of the road. Elk Meadows/Evergreen subdivisions are under mandatory evacuation notices. Landers Fork, Elk Trail Park and Alice Creek community areas are under a “pre-evacuation” notice.
A Red Cross shelter is on standby at the Wolf Creek elementary school, 150 Walsh Street. Area residents that may need assistance are encouraged to contact Red Cross at 800-272-6668.