Redirection of trail users on East Side Trail #80
With the increased fire activity along the East Side Trail #80 in the Damnation, Lewis, and Phil Creeks area, trail users are being directed by on-the-ground trail personnel to the West Side Trail... more
The Damnation Fire was started by lightning on August 11, 2013 and is located within the Bob Marshall Wilderness. The management objective for this fire is to allow the fire to play its natural role in wilderness, while first providing for public and firefighter safety and protecting values at risk.
For public safety the East Side Trail #80 is closed from the junction wtih Trail 80D that allows users access to the Black Bear pack bridge south to the Woodfir Ford, Helen Creek Trail #100 is closed from East Side Trail # 80 over Pagoda Pass to the White River Trail #112. The Trail in the Mist #220, Hodag Creek Trail #701 and Mud Lake Lookout Trail #470 are also closed.
The fire has grown to approximately 6455 acres exhibiting moderate fire behavior. The fire has has crossed Trail 80 in a few places near Damnation, Mud Lake and Lewis Creeks. It has also moved in and around Mud Lake. It has been moving through this previously burned area, burning downed logs and regenerated lodgepole pine saplings. The fire has burned south into the Phil Creek drainage and crossed Phil Creek near the South Fork of the Flathead. It is buring in both the 2000 and 2003 fire areas. The fire recieved variable amounts of moisture from the storm evening of 8/25 to just a trace to 1/4 ". There was also observable lightning in the area, but no additional fires at this time. The fire is being actively monitored for growth and where it is burning. Work is continuing on the hazard trees along Trail #80 and heavy maintenance needed in the near future as we work to reopen this important route in the wilderness.
|Date of Origin||Sunday August 11th, 2013 approx. 03:45 PM|
|Location||21 miles southeast of Swan Lake, MT|
|Incident Commander||J. Flint|
Closed timber, forest floor litter
Fire burning as an active surface fire with short range spotting within Lewis Creek Fire perimeter of 2000.
The fire has moved to the south into Phil Creek and has moved toward the mouth of Lewis Creek and in and around Solitude Point, nd towards Helen Creek drainage. The fire has also moved west and has crossed the East Side Trail #80 in several places. drainage. Small spot aross the South Fork of the Flathead river near Little Salmon Park, suppression action being taken on the spot this evening. Increase fire growth toward Helen Creek.
Crew will continue to monitor and assess fire growth, as well as implement checking actions in the area of Trail #80. Trail #80 is closed from Woodfir Ford to the junction with Trail#80D - users can access the Black Bear Suspension Pck Bridge. Trail stablization, incluing adding tread where curb logs have burned out, and hazard tree removal is occuring along Trail #80.
Fire is within the Bob Marshall Wilderness and is being managed to allow fire a natural role in the wilderness and landscape while first providing for public and firefighter safety and protecting values at risk.