· 8,000 people; 1,396 vehicles
· With the end of the Rainbow Family Gathering, anyone traveling on State Highway 278 from July 5-7 will see an increased in vehicle and pedestrian traffic as participants leave the event. Some members will stay behind to clean up and rehabilitate the site with oversight by the U.S. Forest Service.
· The fire danger level on the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest has been elevated to moderate due to the continued hot and dry weather conditions. Contact the Wisdom Ranger District for current fire danger information or go to the Forest website at www.fs.usda.gov/bdnf.
· Information message phone line: (406) 683-3957
· Daily updates at www.fs.usda.gov/goto/r1/rfll
· Follow on Twitter @FS_Region1 use hashtag #usfsrfll
· Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest officials would like to remind forest visitors regardless of weather conditions and fire danger levels, you should never leave campfires unattended.
Road Access, Safety and Health
· Dust and wash boarding has increased on Forest Service dirt roads in the Saginaw Creek area where the Rainbow Family Gathering was held. Drivers should keep windshields clean, drive with headlights on, keep washer fluid reservoir filled and do not exceed safe driving conditions. Utilize defensive driving techniques and obey all traffic signs and laws. Combination of sun, dust, heat, and fatigue can make driving especially dangerous.
· As Rainbow Family Gathering participants prepare to the leave the Saginaw Creek area, the number of pedestrians on and in the Saginaw Road (main road into the gathering) has increasing substantially. Please, be patient and avoid the use of vehicle horns.
· A case of parvovirus (parvo) has been confirmed by a local veterinarian.
American Red Cross; Barrett Hospital and Healthcare; Beaverhead County Commission; Beaverhead County Disaster & Emergency Services; Beaverhead County Emergency Management Services; Beaverhead County Public Health; Beaverhead County Sanitation; Beaverhead County Sheriff’s Office; Beaverhead County Solid Waste; City of Dillon; City of Dillon Police Department; Jackson and Wisdom Fire Departments; Montana Department of Transportation; Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks; Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services; Montana Disaster & Emergency Services; Montana Division of Criminal Investigation, Montana Highway Patrol; and Western Montana Mental Health.
On June 18, 2013 the Forest Service learned that the Rainbow Family of Living Light (Rainbow Family) planned to conduct their national annual gathering on the Wisdom Ranger District of the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest. Participants began to arrive at the gathering site, located 10 miles south and west of Jackson and Highway 278 in Beaverhead County, within a few days after the Rainbow Family announced their selection of the location.
The National Rainbow Family Gathering is under the management of a Forest Service National Incident Management Team (NIMT). The NIMT is operating under a unified command with local jurisdictional agency representatives, which includes the City of Dillon, Beaverhead County, Beaverhead Public Health Services, MT Highway Patrol, MT Department of Emergency Services, MT Department of Justice, and MT Fish, Wildlife and Parks.
Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest Special Orders
There are four Forest Special Orders in place that address road closures within the Gathering area, parking areas, public nudity, and dog leash requirements.
Surrounding USFS Recreation Sites
All surrounding recreational sites and main access roads remain open.