TROY, Mont. October 20, 2015 – This is a brief update on the Tepee Mountain and Sawtooth fires on the Kootenai National Forest. With the recent moisture and cooler temperatures experienced on the forest within the last few days, fire officials have decided to lift the closure order on the Tepee Mountain fire as of Friday, October 23 at 0001 a.m. There are five signed saw log decks located at the junction of the Tepee Mountain roads 6121 and 6121A. These log decks are for sale and they are not available for firewood cutting.
The Sawtooth fire closure order is still in effect and will probably be until next spring depending on weather and/or fire conditions. Fire personnel will continue to monitor these fires. However, it is important to remember that these fires will likely burn and emit some smoke until significant rain or snow is received.
As a result of the fires and windy conditions, some trees and snags have weakened and pose a danger to forest visitors in the vicinity of the fires. Forest officials would like to remind forest visitors to be careful in the fire area and watch out for any hazards within the fire perimeter.
Although open burning is in effect, it is a good reminder to hunters and other outdoor recreationists to use caution when starting any type of fire and make sure all warming fires are completely extinguished before leaving them unattended.
For additional fire information, please contact the Three Rivers Ranger District at 406-295-4693.