Updated August 17 at 6:14 pm
The lightning-caused Beeskove Fire burning on the Lolo National Forest near Missoula has temporarily closed portions of the popular Rattlesnake National Recreation Area to provide for public safety as heavy machinery and crews move into the area and continue operations. Many areas in the Rattlesnake remain open like Sawmill Gulch and the Rattlesnake Wilderness. Additionally, the Woods Gulch trailhead and the Marshall Canyon area remain open. On August 17, 2019, the majority of the closure for National Forest Lands within the Beeskove Fire area will be lifted. The Rattlesnake National Recreation Area, including the main trail corridor, and adjacent National Forest Lands and trails will again be open for recreational use at that time. Four roads will remain closed due to ongoing suppression operations, equipment movement, and for public and firefighter safety.
The following areas are temporarily closed:
- East Fork Rattlesnake Road NFSR #2112
- East Twin Creek Road NFSR #2117
- Mineral Peak Lookout Road NFSR #2120
- Upper Twin Creek Road NFSR #2119
Find the full list of temporary closures on InciWeb.
During this time of high fire danger in the Missoula area, people are reminded to be careful with all fires, be sure to extinguish campfires completely and keep motorized vehicles on cleared roads and trails.
HORESEFLY, BLACK DIAMOND AND NEVADA CREEK FIRES
Due to the proximity of these fires to the Continental Divide Trail, a portion of that trail is temporarily closed. US Highway 279 is closed to bicycle traffic from the intersection of Montana Highway 200 to Stemple Pass road. Due to the proximity of the fire to the Continental Divide Trail, that trail is closed from Stemple Pass south to Dana Spring and an alternate route has been identified. User should follow Stemple Pass road into Lincoln (northbound) or Highway 279 south to Marysville (southbound).
For more information and to view maps of temporary closures due to these fires, see below: