The Alice Creek fire was very active Tuesday near Highway 200 and in the Tom’s Gulch area.
The most significant activity took place approximately three-fourths of a mile northeast of the Elk Meadows subdivision near Highway 200. Suppression efforts were led by helicopter water drops and dozers putting in fire line. Highway 200 remains open at this time. Drivers can expect reduced visibility and fire traffic on the roadway. A temporary closure of the highway is still possible if fire conditions warrant it.
Fire lines held well during Tuesday's Red Flag Warning conditions, the incident management team said. For the first time in several days, the fire area was not under a Red Flag Warning Wednesday.
The Alice Creek fire has burned about 29,000 acres and is considered 10 percent contained.
Fire activity is expected to decrease over the next several days due to cooler and wetter weather moving into the area
"Today’s weather should give firefighters good working conditions," the incident management team said Wednesday. "The finer fuels, or lighter vegetation, will burn, but fire activity should be less erratic than in the previous days. Some torching of trees is still possible, but spotting is less likely."
Though the fire has not been active in the East Fork of Falls Creek, fire managers are closely monitoring any progression that could allow the fire to approach the Dearborn community.
Mandatory evacuations remain in effect for residents between mile marker 92 near Highway 200's crossing of the Dearborn River and Highway 434 – along highway 200 on both sides of the road. Elk Meadows/Evergreen subdivisions are under mandatory evacuation notices. Landers Fork, Elk Trail Park and the Alice Creek communities are under a “pre-evacuation” notice.
Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton lifted the evacuation order for McDonough Road in the area, but it is only open to residents.