The Red Shale Fire was declared controlled on September 26 2013 at 4 pm and declared out and all closures lifted on October 21 2013.
Travelers who enter the fire area are advised to use caution as trails may be logged in and snags may be falling. Fall weather can increase these conditions. Travelers are encouraged to contact the Rocky Mountain Ranger District for more information: Choteau (466-5342) or Augusta (562-3247).
Incident Summary: The Red Shale Fire was reported by Beartop Lookout at 4:30 p.m. on July 18th. The fire remains within the 1988 Gates Park Fire perimeter. It had worked its way up Frazier Creek and Route Creek where it crossed to the east of the North Fork Sun River in the Bob Marshall Wilderness. The fire reduced much of the heavy downed and standing dead timber and pockets of thick young lodge pole pines regenerated from the 1988 Gates Park Fire.
The Rock Creek Fire was lightning caused and detected on August 20th at the head of Rock Creek (T23N R12W Sec. 22). Due to the remote location of this fire and the low values at risk there are no further actions planned for this fire beyond monitoring by personnel.
A slideshow showing and explaining management actions and wilderness benefits of the fire is now available as a pdf at this link on Inciweb.
|Date of Origin||Thursday July 18th, 2013 approx. 04:30 PM|
|Location||37 miles west of Choteau Montana|
|Incident Commander||Jeffrey Sherer|
10 Heavy timber with litter and understory.
creeping and smoldering
Trail closures are limited to the fire perimeter.