Lolo National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
24 Fort Missoula Road
Missoula, MT 59804
Contact: Public Information Officers August 12, 2019
Phone: 406-209-8102What: Beeskove Fire
Cause: Lightning July 23, 2019 Acres: 429 acres Containment: 20%
Location: Rattlesnake Creek Drainage – 5 miles NE of the main Rattlesnake Trailhead
Again on Sunday, 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. By mid-afternoon, all personnel were removed from the fire line due to severe weather. There was no growth in fire size. Firefighters documented the defensibility of 176 homes and other structures in the Grant Creek area. So far, 412 structures have been assessed throughout the urban interface area.
Today, fire managers will be utilizing an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) to identify areas of heat along the entire fire perimeter. 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.
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 continue to be conducted in Grant Creek. This effort complements the “Wildfire Adapted Missoula” work that has been happening amongst cooperating fire agencies.
Fire personnel were 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: Today is expected to be dry with a mix of sun and clouds. Temperatures will slightly increase with highs in the lower 60s expected on the fire. Relative humidities will be 60-70%. Westerly winds 5-15 mph are expected in the afternoon.
Closures: The following areas are closed due to Beeskove Fire suppression operations:
Woody Mountain – Johnson Gulch area is closed to recreational use.
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.
T15N, R17W – all The Nature Conservancy lands that lie southwest of the West Fork Gold Creek Roads #2103 and #4323.