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Dry Cabin

Unit Information

Lolo National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
24 Fort Missoula Road
Missoula, MT 59804

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Dry Cabin Fire Update for August 25th, 2021

Dry Cabin Wildfire
News – 8/25/2021

Quick Facts:

  • Location: 20 miles north of Ovando, MT, in the Lolo National Forest 
  • Detected: July 11, 2021
  • Cause: Lightning
  • Legal Description: T18N, R11W, Sec. 36 (PB51) Lat/Long: Lat. 47.278, Long. 112.956
  • Current size: 3,460 acres 
  • Containment: 0%
  • Ownership/Jurisdiction: Flathead National Forest and Lolo National Forest
  • Other cooperators: Helena - Lewis and Clark National Forest

Fire Summary:

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 utilize the 40-year history of fire activity in the wilderness to aid in their confine and contain strategy by using previously burned areas as natural fuel breaks.  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.  

Current Situation:

Fire managers were able to do a reconnaissance flight over the Dry Cabin fire area. The character of the fire is still creeping and smoldering, with some hotspots scattered across the fire area, which look to be primarily burning in downed logs and pockets of heavy surface fuels. Until we receive additional heavy precipitation there is still potential for fire spread if the weather stays warm and dry. An infrared flight was ordered and filled last night. The acres have been updated to more
accurately reflect the fire size based on that infrared flight and more accurate mapping. Fire restrictions are being discussed for the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex and there will likely be changes coming soon.

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.

General Information:

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 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

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