Kootenai National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
31374 US Hwy 2 Libby Montana 59923
Libby, MT 59923
Trout Creek, Mont., August 29, 2019 — The Cabinet Ranger District of the Kootenai National Forest has issued a temporary closure order for the protection of public health and safety during prescribed fire operations in the Trout Creek drainage. The closure will take effect Friday, August 30, 2019 and will be rescinded when fire behavior is minimal or significant precipitation has occurred in the prescribed fire area. Aerial ignitions may occur over the course of several days, depending on when weather and fuel conditions are optimal for achieving management objectives and when smoke impacts can be minimized for surrounding communities. A large smoke column is expected to be visible during the ignition phase and residual smoke may linger until dispersed by weather and precipitation. The greater part of the smoke column is expected to dissipate within a day or two following ignition. Closure Area: The temporary area closure includes the main stem, south branch, and west fork of Trout Creek (see attached map). The temporary trail access closure includes 1) Trail 774 from the Idaho border to the junction of Trail 795 and 2) Trail 779 from the Idaho border to Trail 774.