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Beeskove Fire

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Lolo National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
24 Fort Missoula Road
Missoula, MT 59804

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The lightning-caused Beeskove Fire was detected on Tuesday morning, July 23, 2019. The fire is burning in a remote location five miles northeast of the main Rattlesnake Trailhead within the Rattlesnake National Recreation Area. Please be advised - the fire is not out. It will continue to smoke and smolder until a season ending event occurs. Firefighters attacked this fire under a full suppression strategy utilizing indirect tactics due to inaccessibility and high-risk conditions. Indirect control lines were constructed in order to protect surrounding communities and other values at risk. The construction of the firelines created a fuelbreak that will help with fire management in the area for years to come.

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Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginTuesday July 23rd, 2019 approx. 10:56 AM
LocationRattlesnake Creek Drainage, 5 miles NE of main Rattlesnake Trailhead
Incident CommanderType 4 Incident Command
Coordinates46.962 latitude, -113.868 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel5
Size430 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained71%
Fuels Involved

Closed Timber Litter

Timber (Litter and Understory)

Short Grass (1 foot)


Mixed conifer with heavy dead/downed fuel, standing bug-killed trees, green fuels made up of brush and grasses currently a barrier to burning.

Significant Events

Minimal smoldering and burning, smoke may still be visible in the Rattlesnake corridor


Planned Actions

Firefighters are patrolling the fire with an engine and working on back haul of firefighting equipment such as hose.


Incwieb will be updated as activity merits.

Current Weather

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