Lolo National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
24 Fort Missoula Road
Missoula, MT 59804
Last Wildfire Update for Beeskove Fire
August 18, 2019
Contact: Public Information Officers
Phone: 406-209-8102 (Sunday August 18, 2019) 406-329-3814 (Monday and beyond)
What: Beeskove Fire
Location: Rattlesnake Creek Drainage – 5 miles NE of the main Rattlesnake Trailhead
Cause: Lightning July 23, 2019
Acres: 430 acres
Total Personnel: 63
Please be advised the Beeskove Fire is not out. It will continue to smoke and smolder until a season ending event (snow or substantial rain) occurs. Smoke may be visible in the coming days.
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 Missoula District Ranger’s office will continue to assess this need and work with partners to identify an appropriate and safe time to conduct these activities which could begin as late as October.
The Beeskove fire continues to burn in steep, rugged terrain. Hot spots remain within the fire perimeter, especially on the southwest flank. Although there could be increased fire activity with the warming trend projected for next week, 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 are 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.
The Missoula Ranger District would like to thank the public for their patience and cooperation during this incident. Starting on Monday, please call (406) 329-3814 for fire information. Inciweb and Facebook will be updated occasionally if fire activity increases.
Forecasted Weather: A warming and drying trend begins today and will last through mid-week with only occasional mid and high level clouds. Temperatures on Tuesday and Wednesday will be in the upper 80s and lower 90s. Minimum relative humidities are expected to be in the 20s.
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.