Posted: Aug 22, 2012 12:13 PM by Melissa Anderson - MTN News
HELENA- Rocky Infanger, chief of Wolf Creek-Craig Fire Service Area, says that the Black Beach Fire has burned about 1,300 acres as of late Wednesday morning.
Two Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation helicopters are making drops on the fire, dipping water out of Holter Lake near Log Gulch Recreational site.
Evacuations were conducted on Tuesday night by the Lewis & Clark Sheriff's office; we do not yet known how many people were told to leave the area.
U.S. Forest Service hotshot crews are heading into the burned areas to mop up the hot spots, and at last count there were three 20-person crews working the fire.
The east side of the fire is nearly out, but with winds shifting and picking up, the fire is now burning back toward Holter Lake.
Sonny Steiger, a fire behavior analyst, says as long as the winds blow out of the west they should be fine.
After flying over the fire, crews determined that 14 power poles have burned, but power is reported to back up and running in the area.
There is no immediate threat to homes or structures at this time.