Lolo National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
24 Fort Missoula Road
Missoula, MT 59804
The Dry Cabin Fire is located within the Scapegoat Wilderness area on the Lolo National Forest. Local resources are conducting fire actions with the safety of fire personnel and the public as the number one priority. Fire personnel will capitalize on the 40-year fire activity in the wilderness to aid in their confine and contain strategy. Also, a point protection strategy will be utilized at wilderness cabins and bridges. The fire is burning timber and brush in steep, rugged terrain. Smoke may be visible from Hwy 200 and surrounding areas. This event will likely extend well into October with continued growth. Fires in this area have a history of high intensity crown runs after long periods of low fire behavior.
The recent wet and cool weather has kept fire growth minimal on the Dry Cabin Fire. RAWS precipitation amounts over the last two days have varied over the different locations and elevations, however, it is probable that the fire area received approximately .10”-.20” of rain. Fire managers are expecting the fire behavior to remain minimal over the weekend with similar weather patterns to continue. Fire managers will be monitoring fire activity and progression towards Danaher Cabin as the weather patterns shift going into the next week with infrared monitoring and reconnaissance flights planned in the near term.
Area and Trail Closures:
For public safety, area closures are in place. Lolo National Forest Dry Fork area: affected closed trails include Dry Fork and upper Dry Fork #31 (all segments) at North Fork Cabin, Whiskey Cutoff #369, Cabin Creek #80, and Dwight Creek #414 and Canyon Creek #16 at the wilderness boundary. The main North Fork Trail #32 is OPEN, but #377 Sarbo Creek and the upper portions of Hobnail Tom #32.2 and Evans Peak #361 are CLOSED. Flathead National Forest Danaher area: affected closed trails include the Eastside South Fork Trail #126 from junction with Rapid Creek #142 south to boundary with Lolo National Forest, including connecting trails Alloy Creek #265, Calf Creek #277, Spring Creek #144, Bar Creek #140, Limestone Pass #143, Blackfoot Divide #278. Alternate routes include Stadler Pass to Benchmark, Jenny Creek/Youngs Pass to Lodgepole TH, and Youngs Creek via Pyramid Pass to Pyramid TH.
Many secondary trails are not cleared due to heavy blowdown, contact local offices for trail updates. Exercise caution traveling in the backcountry; pay attention to fire activity, wind and weather, especially in the afternoons when fire activity is highest. The Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex is in Stage 1 fire restrictions. Please visit www.MTFireInfo.org for fire restriction information. Information for this incident will be updated Mon, Wed, and Fri. Posting at Info Boards will occur as personnel are available. Please visit the Incident Information System (InciWeb) for the most up to date information https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7660/.
Trail Condition Contact Information
Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex Ranger Districts
Flathead National Forest
Hungry Horse/ Glacier View Ranger District (406) 387-3800
Spotted Bear Ranger District (406) 758-5376
Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest
Rocky Mountain Ranger District (406) 466-5341
Lincoln Ranger District (406) 362-7000
Lolo National Forest
Seeley Lake Ranger District (406) 677-2233