UPDATE SEPT. 3:
Containment of the Deep Creek Fire has climbed to 60% as of Saturday morning.
According to the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest, the fire is still estimated at 73 acres.
Firefighters will continue to reinforce the West Flank Line of Control and will explore ways to safely build the line using existing features and natural barriers where appropriate.
UPDATE SEPT. 2
New closures have been announced in the Deep Creek Fire area to protect firefighters and the public.
An update from the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest says the area closure includes Deep Creek Trail #309, Temple Gulch Trail #308, Trail #311, and Trail #303 and will last until September 30 in will be in force unless it is lifted sooner.
“With a red flag warning in effect today and dry conditions for the foreseeable future, we are implementing this order to keep hunters and visitors a safe distance from active fire and allow firefighters space to manage the incident,” said Belt Creek – White Sulfur Springs District Ranger Helen Smith. “We appreciate your patience and will cancel the order as soon as it is safe to do so.”
As of Friday afternoon, the fire was 73 acres in size and 15% contained.
UPDATE SEPT. 1:
The fire, now dubbed the Deep Creek Fire, reported Wednesday east of the Smith River has grown to 75 acres.
InciWeb reports that firefighters were able to deploy air resources throughout Wednesday evening to help with fire management.
Resources on Thursday included 23 personnel and 3 helicopters.
A Type 3 team has been ordered and will be on site Friday morning.
GREAT FALLS, Mon. — Smoke from a new fire reported in Cascade County, east of the Smith River, may be seen in Great Falls.
According to the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest, the fire is 25 acres in size and is located between Deep Creek and Temple Gulch in the Belt Creek-White Sulfur Springs ranger district. A closing order is in place.
At this time five engines, 1 Type 1 helicopter, 1 Type 3 helicopter, 1 VLAT and 3 LATs are in service.
People are asked to avoid the area and not to use drones near wildfires.