Lolo National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
24 Fort Missoula Road
Missoula, MT 59804
Contact: Public Information Officers August 11, 2019
Cause: Lightning July 23, 2019 Acres: 429 acres Containment: 13%
Location: Rattlesnake Creek Drainage – 5 miles NE of the main Rattlesnake Trailhead
Yesterday, firefighters took advantage of favorable weather in the morning and early afternoon and continued to make strides utilizing vegetation breaks and defensible terrain to construct indirect line around the fire. There was no growth in fire size. Firefighters continued documenting defensibility of homes and other structures in the Rattlesnake and Marshall Mountain areas.
Fire managers utilized an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) to measure temperatures along the fire perimeter and confirmed the fire is now at 13% containment. The UAS system is an extremely useful tool for fire managers in assessing fire activity; it is safer and less expensive than traditional aerial operations, reduces firefighter exposure in rugged terrain, and allows for rapid assessment of fire conditions.
Despite the recent moisture, the fire continues to hold heat and will continue to burn into the warming and drying trend forecasted for next week. Today, heavy equipment will continue to progress to the northeast improving fuel breaks in the Gold Creek area. Clearing work will also continue along the powerline corridor. Structure assessments will be conducted in Grant Creek. This effort complements the “Wildfire Adapted Missoula” work that has been happening amongst cooperating fire agencies.
Fire personnel have temporarily relocated to the Mount Jumbo High School. The forecasted chance of high winds, rain and hail prompted the move in order to maintain firefighter safety and operational effectiveness.
Forecasted Weather: Showers are likely throughout the day with a possibility of thunderstorms in the afternoon. High temperatures are projected to be in the mid 70’s in town and cooler at the upper elevations in the fire area. Winds in the area are forecast to be 6-10 mph.
Closures: The following areas are closed due to Beeskove Fire suppression operations:
Sheep Mountain Trailhead is closed, along with access to the trailhead via East Twin Creek Road FS 2117 and Upper Twin Creek Road FS 2119.
Mineral Peak Lookout is closed as well as access to the lookout via the East Fork Rattlesnake Road FS 2112 and Mineral Peak Lookout Road 2120.
Upper Twin Creek/Sheep Mountain Spur Trail #505 is closed.
T13N, R17W - all The Nature Conservancy lands.
T14N, R17W – all The Nature Conservancy lands that lie west of the Gold Creek Road #126, north to the junction with West Fork Gold Creek Road #2103, then southwest of the West Fork Gold Creek Road #2103.