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No New Growth Expected For Wildfire South Of Helena

Smoke from the Lump Gulch Fire burning south of Helena, MT, June 13, 2020.
Smoke from the Lump Gulch Fire burning south of Helena, MT, June 13, 2020.

There was minimal growth Monday on a wildfire burning near Clancy, south of Helena. Strong winds fanned the Lump Gulch fire Saturday afternoon which led to the mandatory evacuation of around 20 homes over the weekend.

Incident spokesman Duane Buchi says fire behavior was very quiet Monday.

"Once things calmed down a little bit and we got the rain on top of that, and cooler temperatures; yeah it’s really moderated. No expected growth at this point beyond the perimeter."

The latest mapping has revised the fire’s size down to 1,100 acres, from 1,500 acres.

All mandatory evacuations have been lifted and all pre-evacuation notices for Lewis and Clark County were lifted Sunday.

A handful of pre-evacuation notices are still in effect for some neighborhoods in Jefferson County, including Sheep Mountain, Ohio Gulch, Travis Creek, Blue Sky Heights, Forest Park Estates, Jackson Creek, and Lump Gulch.

Buchi says wetting rains are forecast over this fire’s perimeter this evening and could last all night. Wintery weather is expected in the higher elevations tomorrow.

Inciweb lists the fire at 15 percent containment.

The Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest issued an area closure around the Good Neighbor Authority Brooklyn Bridge Timber Sale due to fire-related activity in the area. The DNRC is asking the public to stay clear of the area as congestion problems may impact our ability to access the area safely.

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Edward O’Brien first landed at Montana Public Radio three decades ago as a news intern while attending the UM School of Journalism. He covers a wide range of stories from around the state.  
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