Lolo National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
24 Fort Missoula Road
Missoula, MT 59804
August 17, 2019
Contact: Public Information Officers
What: Beeskove Fire
Cause: Lightning July 23, 2019
Acres: 430 acres
Location: Rattlesnake Creek Drainage – 5 miles NE of the main Rattlesnake Trailhead
Yesterday, Joe Sampson’s Wildland Fire Management Team transitioned with a Lolo National Forest Type 3 fire team led by Karl Nikoleyczik. The Lolo National Forest lifted the closure for the Rattlesnake National Recreation Area at 12:01 Saturday morning. The National Recreation Area and main trail corridor are now open for recreational use. The temporary flight restriction (TFR) that was in place over the fire has been lifted.
Fireline suppression repair activities such as waterbarring, erosion control, and equipment removal will be the focus for the coming days. However, most of the fireline repair and rehabilitation will not take place until fire season is over.
The Beeskove fire continues to burn in steep, rugged terrain. Hot spots remain within the fire perimeter, especially on the southwest flank. It will continue to smoke and smolder. Although there could be increased fire activity in the area if conditions are right, the likelihood of the fire threatening communities is low. The construction of the firelines created a fuelbreak that will help with fire management in the area for years to come.
Firefighter and public safety remain the top priority. Recreationists entering recently burned areas should exercise caution and understand that fire can create forest hazards, especially in windy conditions.
Although the closure is mostly lifted, recreationists are reminded that operations will be ongoing for some time. Expect to see firefighters and equipment in the area. If you come across fire equipment that is staged for ongoing work, please leave it alone and refrain from moving or touching equipment.
The following Forest Service roads will remain closed to all activities until suppression operations are completed:
East Fork Rattlesnake Road (FSR #2112)
Mineral Peak Lookout Road (FSR #2120)
East Twin Creek Road (FSR #2117)
Upper Twin Creek Road (FSR #2119)
The existing Nature Conservancy closure remains in effect.
Forecasted Weather: Today scattered showers will continue. Breezy northerly winds will accompany the front but become westerly this afternoon with breezy afternoon winds again on Sunday. Winds of 10-25 mph are expected. High temperatures of 65-70 are predicted. Relative humidities 45-50%.
For the latest fire information, closure information, and photos, visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6458/. Stay current with the Lolo National Forest on Facebook@lolonationalforest and on Twitter @LoloNF.