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Lobo Mesa Fire

Unit Information

Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
420 Barrett St
Dillon, MT 59725

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Incident Contact

Madison Ranger District
Phone: (406) 682-4253
Hours: M-F 8:00-4:30

Lobo Mesa Fire Perimeter Map September 18, 2020Image options: [ Full Size ]

The Lobo Mesa Fire started September 12 at approximately 11:00 am between Cascade Mountain and Lobo Mesa in the southern Gravelly Mountains, in the head of the Cascade Drainage. The fire is approximately 150 acres and burning in a very remote area with poor access for firefighters.

The fire growth today is mostly due to more accurate mapping as well as encompassing a fair bit of unburned area with numerous very small spot fires, mostly on the northeast corner.  It is still roughly one-fourth mile from the Hell Roaring Drainage on the north side of the fire.  The south side of the fire has shown minimal fire behavior for two days now.  

Due to the moderate fire behavior and predicted moisture entering the fire area, this will be the last press release until significant activity occurs.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginSaturday September 12th, 2020 approx. 11:00 AM
LocationBetween Cascade Mountain and Lobo Mesa. 6 miles south of Black Butte in the Gravelly Mountains.
Incident CommanderWittenberg USFS
Coordinates44.802 latitude, -111.801 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel5
Size320 Acres
Fuels Involved

Mixed conifer with a large number of beetle killed trees. Moderate component of dead/down trees.

Significant Events

Two miles of the 6405 Lobo Mesa Trail have been temporarily closed. This section is from the 6506/6405 junction to the junction of 6420/6405. There are no area closures at this time.


Planned Actions

Crews will continue to monitor the fire spread and activity, educate the public and respond to any new fire starts.

Projected Incident Activity

Crews will continue to monitor fire spread and communicate and educate hunters and recreationists in the area.


No structures are threatened.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Moisture should move into the area today slowing any growth of the fire. Interior pockets of unburned fuel will continue to burn and smolder.