Just as our area’s wildfires were getting put down yesterday, another sprung up – this one has been named the Horsefly Fire.
It’s located about 8 miles east of Lincoln, just northwest of the small Black Diamond Fire. The cause of the blaze is unknown, but it is growing rapidly.
First reported just before 12:30 yesterday afternoon, several hundred acres burned has turned to 500 at last report and the fire is still growing. Continued growth is expected in dead and downed beetle-killed timber.
Initial efforts to slow the growth have been made largely through air support. Two large tankers, two single-engine tankers and a helicopter have been making repeated runs to that fire since yesterday afternoon.
Evacuation orders have been issued for residents of the Flesher Acres area, located on the east side of Flesher Pass.
The Red Cross has opened a shelter at the First Assembly of God Church here in Helena in response.
Red Cross shelters provide meals, a safe place to stay, information and access to other community resources.
No reservations are required, but for any families who need services you can contact the Montana Red Cross at 800-272-6668.
There will be a public meeting on the Horsefly Fire tonight at 6. That will be taking place at the Canyon Creek Rural Fire District Station.
Officials will present current information on the fire and the status of evacuations.