UPDATE (10:40 p.m.) Highway 200 has since reopened to motorists after being closed east of Lincoln at the intersection of Highway 200 from mile post 92 east to Highway 434/435.
Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton encourages everyone to continue to drive cautiously through the area as firetrucks and heavy equipment remain in the area as well.
The affected areas still remain under evacuation orders.
HELENA – Fire activity picking up on the Alice Creek Fire north east of Lincoln has prompted the Lewis and Clark County Sheriff’s Office to post new evacuation notices.
Mandatory evacuations have been ordered for some homes along Highway 200 from mile post 92 east to Highway 435/434. A temporary shelter has been opened at the Wolf Creek School.
Highway 200 is temporarily closed east of Lincoln at the intersection of Highway 279 that travels to Helena. The west end of the temporary block is Highway 287, the road that travels to I-15, Augusta and Glacier National Park.
The Sheriff’s Office says they are working with the Montana Department of Transportation and that the closure of the highway is temporary. The road will reopen when private driveways along the evacuated area have been blocked off.
Fire officials say the Alice Creek Fire is moving east above Elk Meadows: Evergreen subdivision. The fire has burned 23,427 acres and is zero percent contained.