Shellrock Fire at 300 acres, now 30 percent contained

The Shellrock Fire is burning 25 miles north of Helena near the border between the Beartooth Wildlife Management Area and Sieben Livestock Company ranchlands.

That fire is now at 300 acres and 30 percent containment at last report, in steep, remote country with extremely difficult access. That access and inability to get equipment in quickly has officials concerned about growth.

Firefighters will continue to patrol and secure the fire’s perimeter on Tuesday, work on spot fires within the timbered area; and prepare for a burn operation if conditions allow. Heavy equipment will continue to put fire line in where the terrain allows.

A high-voltage power line and pipeline is in the area, along with two ranch cabins and a historic cabin, but they are not threatened at this time.

Fire personnel have ordered more heavy equipment and hand crews, however due to the high demand for resources, there is no firm timeline for their arrival.

Firefighters hope to have slight break in the weather today with slightly cooler temperatures but temperatures are forecast to rise again throughout the week.