Lolo National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
24 Fort Missoula Road
Missoula, MT 59804
Beeskove Fire: After the recent storms, fire managers have initiated suppression repair activities on the Beeskove Fire. Over the coming weeks, firefighters will work on pulling hose and equipment from fire lines and then start rehabbing some of the hand lines as well. Rehabilitation of fire lines includes creating drainage avenues on fire lines to prevent erosion through water bars or natural material, scattering obvious accumulations of cut limbs and vegetative material when appropriate, felling snags and flushing cut stumps. A helicopter will be working in the area on Friday, Sept. 13, 2019, to lift and backhaul firefighting equipment out of the area. Additionally, crews will start rehab work on excavator lines on the eastern side of the fire (TNC lands) next week. This includes re-contouring excavator lines by pulling bermed and organic material back over the lines, and where necessary, building waterbars in order to stabilize soil from erosion.
Please be aware that those recreating on the Sheep Mountain Trail during this time may encounter firefighters and equipment. The Forest Service and TNC closures remain in place so firefighters can work on suppression repair. Suppression repair is estimated to take up to two weeks, but could take longer. We appreciate the public’s patience as firefighters continue efforts on the Beeskove Fire.