Red Shale Fire Daily Update 9/5/2013
Incident: Red Shale Wildfire
Current Activities: Due to the onset of the bow hunting season starting Saturday September 7th and to provide for hunter safety, trail closures have been expanded to area closures in the Red Shale area. No additional trails have been closed and still open is the Headquarters Pass trail #165. Also a segment just past the Mill Falls campground on the South Fork of the Teton Road will be closed for repairs starting Monday September 9th, for maps, descriptions and further details see inciweb.org. The Red Shale Fire is estimated at 12,379 acres. The Rock Creek Fire is estimated at 372 acres. A smoke monitor is in service in Augusta to monitor smoke conditions in the region. For more information, please go to www.inciweb.org and see “Incident Related Links.”
Management Actions: Evaluation and mitigation of potential risks to the public, fire personnel, and resources remains the top priority. Heavy downfall, abundant hazardous snags and dense young lodgepole pine stands dominate the area. A long term management plan identifying activities to slow progress and reduce intensity of the fire and provide for public safety was completed on July 24th. The use of helicopter water drops is one of the strategies identified in the plan. This plan is being routinely reviewed by District Fire Managers to ensure management actions are adequately addressing concerns identified.
Restrictions and Closures: trail closures have been expanded to area closures in the Red Shale area for public safety, Also a segment just past the Mill Falls campground on the South Fork of the Teton Road will be closed for repairs starting Monday September 9th. All forest visitors travelling in the backcountry are urged to use caution and be observant of changes in weather and fire behavior. Trail and area closures are updated frequently; for a current detailed map, please visit inciweb.org
The following trails, and area around them are closed in full length as of Aug. 21: #108 Route Creek (w/in the Wilderness boundary); #109 East Side Sun River Tr. (from Jct. w/ Tr. #165 north to jct. w/ Tr. #108); #110 North Fork Sun River Tr. (pack bridge north to jct. w/ Tr. #116 Open Creek.); #111 Rock Creek; # 117 Washboard Reef (w/in the Wilderness boundary); #125 Moose Ridge Lookout; #130 Red Shale, #132 Moonlight Peak; #151 N. Fk. Lick Creek; #157 Nesbit-Oley Creek. (w/in the Wilderness boundary); #162 Gates Creek; #163 Ray Creek Cut-off; #164 Ray Creek; #166 Gates - Moose Creek; #174 North Wall Tr. (south of #132); #175 Chinese Wall, (from jct. w/#131 Moose Creek. Tr. To Larch Hill Pass); #187 Wrong Ridge; #188 Monroe Cutoff; #194 My Lake.