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Snow Creek Fire

Unit Information

Flathead National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
650 Wolfpack Way
Kalispell, MT 59901

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Snow Creek Fire crews conduct successful burnout operations at the Black Bear Administrative site.Image options: [ Full Size ]

A revised area closure was put into place on 8/21/19, the previous order has been terminated. No additional updates are planned at this time; the page will be updated once all closures are lifted.

Although high amounts of precipitation and seasonally low temperatures kept fire activity to a minimum during the last two weeks of August, crews have reported a slight increase in smoke activity as temperatures have returned to average. Fire activity has consisted of burning green areas within the previous fire perimeter. Fire personnel have removed all structure protection and are working to clear and re-clear trails affected by the fire. The ever present snag hazard has limited their ability to work in certain areas and trails, individuals recreating in the area should exercise caution around hazard trees.

The Snow Creek Fire begin during the night of August 2nd. Since then, crews from the Spotted Bear and Hungry Horse Ranger Districts as well as the Lewis and Clark National Forest have worked together to provide critical structure protection to historical, administrative work sites on the Spotted Bear Ranger District. Point protection activities consisted of structure wrapping and sprinkler system installation at the Black Bear and Salmon Forks Administrative sites, as well as the Big Salmon Pack Bridge and Mud Lake Lookout. During a favorable weather window, burnout operations at the Black Bear Administrative site were conducted during August 7th and 8th. During the first week of the fire, a large group of floaters who were unable to take alternative routes were escorted through the closure area by the river crew. The individual groups continued downstream once clear of the closure area. A coalition of employees from the Spotted Bear Ranger District including the front desk, river rangers, trail crew, and wilderness rangers along with permit administrators, outfitters, guides, and the general public have worked together since the start of the fire to get all individuals recreating in the impacted area out safely. This group effort is greatly appreciated as it has made rerouting, rescheduling, and safely escorting members of the public out of the closure area possible.

Official trail closures have been posted. Please contact the ranger station with any questions.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning/natural
Date of OriginFriday August 02nd, 2019 approx. 10:00 PM
Location19 miles NE of Condon, MT
Coordinates47.703 latitude, -113.4 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel4
Size1,815 Acres
Fuels Involved

Timber (Litter and Understory)

Outlook

Planned Actions

Fire and trail personnel are continuing to mitigate snag and other safety hazards hindering safe travel in the West Side South Fork Trail # 263 Closure.

Projected Incident Activity

Low growth potential on the fire due to rain fall.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Unseasonably cold and wet.