Lolo National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
24 Fort Missoula Road
Missoula, MT 59804
Contact: Public Information Officers August 15, 2019
What: Beeskove Fire
Cause: Lightning July 23, 2019
Acres: 429 acres
Location: Rattlesnake Creek Drainage – 5 miles NE of the main Rattlesnake Trailhead
Yesterday, firefighters continued work on the construction of indirect fire lines to the south and east of the fire. They also assessed areas that were disturbed by fire line construction for erosion control needs, as well as any other rehabilitation needs.
Smoke was observed along the fire perimeter near Rattlesnake Creek, on the northeast and southeast sides with some interior smokes showing up in the eastern area. The larger fuels are still burning out and smoke will continue to show up until a change in the weather occurs.
Today, firefighters will complete construction of all fuel breaks and indirect lines. Fire line rehabilitation assessments will continue, including mapping of noxious weeds with an unmanned aircraft system (UAS), and water bars will be constructed as needed within the operational area.
Downsizing of fire crews and equipment is underway. Joe Sampson’s Type 2 Incident Management Team is preparing to transition management of the fire back to the Missoula District of the Lolo National Forest.
Forecasted Weather: A weak low pressure will pass through the region today. Some increase in moisture and instability will result in a slight chance of showers or thunderstorms in the afternoon. Temperatures will be in the mid-70s with minimum relative humidities 35-40%.
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.
Safety: Continue to watch for fire traffic on roads leading to the fire area. Please, use caution at all times, control your speed and be extra careful on blind corners.