Beaverhead/Deerlodge National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
420 Barrett St Dillon Montana 59725
Dillon, MT 59725
Start Date: July 14, 2017
Current Size: 62,034 acres
Total Personnel: Approximately 100
Location: Approximately 25 miles SW of Philipsburg, MT
Resources Assigned: 2 – Type II Crews; 16 pieces of heavy equipment
Current Status: A local Type III Incident Management Team is currently managing the fire. The fire continues to smolder with minimal active surface flame. Crews will continue to rehab mechanical and hand fire line as weather perimts. A Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team will assess the fire area to determine if any emergency stabliziaton treatments are needed to prevent further degradation of natural and cultural resources.
Closures: A closure order for the following trails in the Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness was issued on 9/22/2017 as the trails are impassable or dangerous to hikers and horsemen due to damaged bridges and other structures: Carpp Lake Trail # 8110, Highline Trail # 8111, Falls Fork Trail # 8029, and Middle Fork Trail # 8028. A closure order with map is posted on Inciweb and the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest webpage.
Safety Concerns: Safety of the public and firefighters is always a primary concern. Burned areas present unique hazards to campers, hikers and hunters; especially those who may remain in these areas for extended periods of time. Forest visitors should always remain alert to the conditions of the trees and the weather as snags (dead standing trees) are prone to fall without warning.