August 3, 2000
Seeley Swan Pathfinder
Seeley Lake, Montana
Fire Activity Requires Trail Closures
Current and expected fire activity on the Upper Monture Creek Fire has lead to the closure of several trails in the Monture Creek area. On the Lolo National Forest the following trails are closed:
#27 Monture Creek #61 Lake Creek
#16 Falls Creek/Canyon Creek #403 Conger Creek
#1437 Canyon Point #165 Camp Pass
#414 Dwight Creek #88 Fern Mountain
#1404 McCabe Creek #365 McCabe Point
#166 Spread Creek #246 Center Ridge
#463 Center Creek #13 Lodgepole Creek
#37 Middle Fork Monture #400 Dunham Creek
#402 Limestone Pass #374 Nome Point
#42 Lake Mountain
These trails are primarily accessed by the Lodgepole Creek and Monture Creek Trailheads and pass through or are adjacent to the Monture Creek Fire. In addition, the Monture Creek Campground is closed, as well as the Dunham Creek #4388, and McCabe Creek #5401 Roads.
On the Flathead National Forest the following trails are closed due to Monture Creek Fire activity:
#143 Limestone Pass #277 Calf Creek
#265 Alloy Creek #126 Hahn Creek
#126 Hahn Creek #279 Otter Creek
#589 Jumbo Mountain #141 Jenny Creek
#278 Blackfoot Divide (from Limestone Pass to junction of Trail #400 Dunham Creek)
The above trails on both the Flathead and Lolo National Forests are at the south end of the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex typically accessed from the Seeley Lake area.
In addition, the Lewis Creek II fire has backed down to the Eastside Trail #80, so this trail from Black Bear Creek south to Mud Lake will also be closed, as well as the Helen Creek Trail #100. The Westside Trail #263 is open, so there is still easy access up the South Fork of the Flathead. This closure is similar to those used in the past when other fires have backed down to this trail.
If the current weather pattern continues, additional trail closures may be needed. People planning trips into the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex should check with any of the following Ranger Districts for the most up to date information: Spotted Bear Ranger District, 406-758-5376; Seeley Lake Ranger District, 406-677-2233; or Lincoln Ranger District, 406-363-4265.
Flathead National Forest Fire Activity Update As Of August 1, 2000
Fire Cause Size Status General Location
Rapid Creek Lightning Spot Not contained 45 miles south of Spotted Bear in the Bob Marshall
Cilly Creek Campfire Spot Controlled 7 miles north of Goat Creek in the Swan Valley
Canyon Creek Lightning 7 acres Contained 12 miles north of Columbia Falls
Lewis Creek II Lightning 618 acres Managed 25 miles south of for positive Spotted Bear in benefits the Bob Marshall
Little Salmon Lightning 5 acres Not contained 26 miles south of Spotted Bear in the Bob Marshall Wilderness Area
Goat Peak Lightning 1 acre Managed 23 miles south of for positive Spotted Bear in benefits the Bob Marshall
Helen Creek Lightning 5 acres Not contained 22 miles south of Spotted Bear in the Bob Marshall
Monture Lightning 11,000 Not contained Lower acres Danaher/Hahn Cabin Area in Bob Marshall
The above table only includes fires that have not been declared out yet. Fires that are contained have a fire line built around them, but are still burning actively enough that they could cross the fire line. Fires that are controlled have a fire line built around them and have little chance of crossing the fire line. Fires in the controlled status are not out and crews may be working for several days mopping up any hot spots still burning.
Crews are working on historic structure protection for Danaher Cabin, Basin Cabin, and Hahn Cabin.
Depending on weather conditions this information could quickly change, and new fires could be discovered at any time. Fixed-wing flights to detect new fire starts are occurring on a regular basis.