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Beeskove Fire

Unit Information

Lolo National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Missoula, MT 59804

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Incident Contact

Missoula Ranger District
Phone: 406-329-3814
Hours: M-F 0800-1630

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08/18/2019 Last Wildfire Update for Beeskove Fire August 18
Last Wildfire Update for Beeskove Fire August 18, 2019 Contact: Public Information Officers Phone: 406-209-8102 (Sunday August 18, 2019) 406-329-3814 (Monday and beyond) What:...
News - 08/18/2019
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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 CommanderKarl Nikoleyczik, IC
Coordinates46.962 latitude, -113.868 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel63
Size430 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained71%
Estimated Containment DateSaturday August 31st, 2019 approx. 12:00 AM
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




Due to today's thunderstorms and associated rains, smokes were few and far between...if any survived.


Planned Actions

Continue fire suppression repair on completed indirect line.

Projected Incident Activity

Sunny and warmer with increasing winds in the afternoon. Activity, if any, will continue to be smoldering of larger fuels sheltered from the precipitation.


Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Incident received some precipitation this morning. Warming and drying trend for the beginning of the week in the forecast.