Several lightning-sparked fires are continuing to burn in and around Lewis & Clark County.
The Lookout Fire burning near Wolf Creek has forced the evacuation of an estimated 46 homes.
The American Red Cross has opened a shelter at Wolf Creek School located at 150 Walsh Street for evacuees.
Montana Department of Natural Resources & Conservation released the following information on Saturday evening:
Numerous lightning caused fires continue to burn in the Wolf Creek, Cascade, Dearborn area. DNRC is working with Federal,County, and Local agencies to position limited resources strategically. Crews are battling high temperatures and low relative humidity as well as erratic gusty winds associated with an approaching pacific cold front.
The Lewis and Clark County Sherriff’s Office has been overseeing evacuations in the Lyons Creek area. The DNRC reminds the public to please make way for emergency vehicles and firefighting efforts by respecting evacuation orders and avoiding the area if possible.
Weather and Fire Behavior
The cold front is not expected to ease fire weather conditions as continued hot unstable weather is predicted for Sunday. New fires are emerging as high winds fan areas previously impacted by earlier and ongoing lightning storms.
A Type One Incident Management Team has been ordered and is on its way to take over the Lookout Fire and other duties as needed. The Team is expected to arrive Sunday and will assume command of the incident on Monday morning. In the meantime crews are doing their best to fight the fires while putting public safety and firefighter safety paramount. Numerous residences and ranches dot the urban wildland interface in the general fire area as well as important communication infrastructure and the I-15 corridor.
Below is a summary of major fires in the area:
Crews are facing challenging weather and tough conditions throughout the Helena Area. The DNRC asks the public to help firefighting efforts by respecting emergency vehicles and officials and staying out of the area of active firefighting operations. The public needs to take extreme caution with extreme fire danger present and be extra careful when working and recreating outside. Remember, One Less Spark One Less Wildfire.