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Nevada Creek Fire Information August 3, 2019

Fire Information Line: 406-458-4992

Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6484/ Email: 2019.Nevadacreek@firenet.gov

Incident Commander: Mike Almas, Northern Rockies Incident Management Team

Size: Approximately 40 acres Containment: 0% Cause: Under investigationLocation: 10 miles SW of Lincoln and 13.5 miles NW of Marysville Structures destroyed: 0

Mike Almas’ Type 2 Incident Management Team is managing the North Hills Fire.

Current Status:The Nevada Creek Fire was reported at approximately 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, August 1, 2019. The fire was ignited by lightning from a thunderstorm the night before. Several Hotshot Crews and multiple aircraft, including the Very Large Air Tanker (VLAT), worked to suppress the fire. Retardant drops on the west and south flanks helped slow the spread of the fire; ground crews utilized direct and indirect firefighting strategies as fuels, terrain and fire behavior allowed.

As crews continue to work to suppress the fire today, firefighters will look to implement fire line where and when they can safely do so. Aircraft will be utilized to support firefighters as needed. Due to a large amount of standing dead and down beetle kill trees within the fire area, firefighters will look for areas of opportunity where they can maximize their success and limit their exposure to snags. Firefighter and Public safety are the number one priority in wildland fire suppression efforts.

Resources Threatened: No Structures are threatened at this time.

Evacuations and Closures: The following National Forest System (NFS) lands including roads and trails are closed. Beginning at the south, NFS lands north of Forest Service Road 136, the eastern boundary is the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest boundary, the north boundary is NFS lands south of the County Road 601 (Stemple Pass road) to McClellan Gulch which serves as the western boundary and follows the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest boundary to Forest Service Road 136. See the closures tab on https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6484/for more details.

Weather & Fuel Conditions: The fire received minimal amounts of rain with the thunderstorms passing through yesterday. Temperatures will be in the upper-70s to low-80s with humidity near 30%. Warm and dry conditions are expected today behind yesterday’s weather disturbance. A westerly flow aloft should keep the threat of thunderstorm activity well south and east of the region today.

Temporary Flight Restrictions: Temporary flight restrictions (TFR) are in effect around the entire fire area. Remember, that temporary flight restrictions also apply to unmanned aircraft systems (drones), so if you fly, we can’t!

Please refer to Inciweb for Continental Divide Trail closures and reroute.

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