Wildfire near Lincoln grows, new blaze spotted in Scapegoat Wilderness

Posted at 11:16 AM, Aug 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-15 13:16:42-04

HELENA – Officials with the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest say that the Trail 467 fire, which is burning near Lincoln,  grew by about 10 acres on Tuesday.

A daily fire briefing states that the blaze became very active late in the afternoon and crossed a portion of the fire line on the southeastern edge of the fire. Firefighters called in assistance from six air tankers and a helicopter to keep the fire’s growth in check.

The Trail 467 was started by lightning on August 11th and has burned a total of 30 acres. Residents in the McQuithy Gulch and Marsh Creek remain under a pre-evacuation notice. 

The US Forest Service also reports that that three firefighters will be flown to an area near Bighorn Lake in the Scapegoat Wilderness to work on a small fire. It’s less than an acre in size and showing minimal activity, but is near an area dense with dead trees.