Lolo National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
24 Fort Missoula Road
Missoula, MT 59804
Fire activity has picked up this afternoon on the #BeeskoveFire burning in the Rattlesnake National Recreation Area north of Missoula.
Sustained winds over 30 mph, associated with the passage of a dry cold front, were reported over the fire around 5:30pm. For the safety of firefighters, all crews were pulled off the fire and aircraft was grounded for several hours.
Aircraft has resumed water bucket drops, and will continue as conditions allow, to try and check the fire's spread. Most of the growth today was to the southeast away from Missoula. For public and firefighter safety, visitors with plans to recreate in the area should check InciWeb for current fire conditions and closures.
We will have more information, including an update on current acreage in the morning. An infrared flight is scheduled tonight for more accurate mapping.