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Acreage on Bear Creek and Trail Creek Fires has not increased due the cool wet weather from last weekend. However, drier warmer weather is predicted for the next three days. With predicted temperatures in the 80’s and lower relative humidity, fire activity could increase. Along roads and trails there still are pockets of unburned green fuel (trees and brush) between burned areas that could reburn.
Bear Creek Fire - Size: 70,906 Acres Sawyers along with two feller-bunchers are moving on to Cedar Creek Road #2829 for hazard tree removal. A crew is patrolling the line construction along the northern edge of the fire in the Harrison Creek area. Trail crews continue to work to clear debris (downed trees) and remove hazard trees on the Eastside South Fork Trail #80. Crews will begin working on safety concerns on the trail surface. There are portions of the Eastside Trail that have completely sloughed off and are impassable. Extensive trail surface work is needed to assure safety prior to opening the area and the trail.
Trail Creek Fire - Size: 22,200 Acres Sawyers are continuing hazard tree removal work along the South Creek Road #2851 and along the Big Bill Road # 9856. Structure protection wrap will remain on Silvertip and Pentagon Cabins in the Spotted Bear River drainage. Rehabilitation of dozer and excavator created fire lines has begun in the Flat Creek area.
Trail crews have been clearing debris (downed trees) and removal of hazard trees on the Big Bill/Whitcomb Trail #327. Extensive trail surface work will be needed to assure safe traveling conditions prior to opening the Big Bill/Whitcomb Trail. With the reduction of the Trail Creek Fire Area Closure, trail clearing began on the Upper Twin Creek Trail #237 and South Creek Trail #730. Fire managers inspected the eastern edge of the fire
85 personnel are assigned to the all of the fires on the Spotted Bear Ranger District.
Trail and Area Closure Openings
The following trails have OPENED in the Bob Marshall Wilderness:
-White River Trail #112 (entire length)
-Wall Creek Trail #90
-Gordon Creek Trail #35 from the South Fork River to Jct. of Shaw Creek Trail #212
-Shaw/Feline Creek Trail #212 from Pendant Cabin to the Jct. of Holbrook Trail #131
-Holbrook Trail #131 (entire length)
-Youngs Creek Trail #283 (entire length)
Trail Creek Fire Area Closure: The area closure has been reduced in size and some trails have OPENED:
-Upper Twin Creek #237
-Lower Twin Creek #385
-Tanner Creek Trail # 230
-Grouse Creek Trail # 236
-Miner Creek Trail #81 from Middle Fork River to approx. 7 miles up stream
-Schafer Creek Trail 3327 from Middle Fork River to Rouge Creek
-Argosy Creek Trail #318 (entire length)
-Pivot Mountain Trail #359
-Spotted Bear River Trail #83 from Pentagon Cabin to the Great Bear Wilderness Boundary
All fire restrictions have been lifted on the Flathead National Forest. Forest users are reminded to be careful with campfires and assure that they are DEAD OUT before leaving the area.
Two large Area Closures are still in effect around the Bear Creek Fire and the Trail Creek Fire.
Bear Creek Fire: Road, Trailhead and Trail closures: Trail Creek Fire: Road, Trailhead, and Trail Closures:
-Meadow Creek Road #2826 and Gorge Creek Road #549 -Spotted Bear River Road #568
-Meadow Creek and Gorge Creek Trailheads -South Creek Trailhead
-Cedar Flats River Access -Beaver Creek Campground
-Eastside South Fork Trail #80 -Silvertip Trailhead
(Meadow Creek Trailhead to Damnation Creek) -Big Bill/Whitcomb Trail #327
-Gorge Creek Trail #218
Meadow Creek Airstrip is CLOSED
Trails closed in the Bob Marshall Wilderness:
-Gordon Creek Trail #35 from Gordon Pass to Jct. with Shaw Creek Trail #212
-Shaw Creek Trail #212 from Shaw Cabin to Jct. with Holbrook Trail #131
-Lena Lake Trail #225
Area Closure around Youngs Creek Fire:
-Ross Creek Trail #284
-Spruce Creek Trail #221
-Blackfoot Divide Trail #278 from Pyramid Pass to Jct. with Ross Creek Trail #284
Spotted Bear Campground remains CLOSED.
Spotted Bear District Fires
There are 15 fires burning in the Bob Marshall Wilderness. Although significant rain has been received, forest trees and brush are still dry and fires can flare up as conditions dry out. The area is still 4.5 inches of precipitation below normal for this time of year. Wilderness users should use caution when traveling in areas where fires are still burning. Aerial inspection will be used to monitor conditions. With drier weather conditions predicted, structure protection remains in place at backcountry cabins and work stations, including Shafer Meadows, Silvertip Cabin, Shaw Cabin, Pendant Cabin, Pentagon Cabin, and Black Bear Cabin.
The following fires are located in the Spotted Bear River drainage:
-Three Sisters Fire 431 acres Low activity, creeping and smoldering
-Goat Spur Fire 15 acres This fire is being managed along with the Three Sisters Fire
-Hart Lake Fire 144 acres Still showing smoke
The following fires are located in the Great Bear & Bob Marshall Wilderness:
-Bone Creek Fire 2.5 acres Low fire behavior
-Woodward Fire 10 acre No smoke showing
-Tillson Fire 66 acres Low fire activity
-Lena Lake Fire 1500 acres Smoke in the Shaw Mountain and Gordon Creek areas
-Youngs Creek Fire 800 acres The fire remains on the ridge between Ross Cr. and Devine Cr.
- Rock Creek Fire 50 acres Low activity
-Spring Lake Fire 993 acres Showing some smoke