Red Shale Fire Daily Update 9/12/2013
Incident: Red Shale Wildfire
Current Activities: The Red Shale fire is 12 379 acres and the Rock Creek fire is at 600 acres. Both fires continue to burn but because of the recent rains they are not active and are putting up limited smoke.• The trail and area closures have been modified and effective Friday September 13th to generalize closed areas are within the fire boundary’s and Trail #111 which connects the two fire areas. For maps future changes to closure area(s) and further details see Inciweb.org . • Due to the low level of fire activity the posting and distribution of fire information in Choteau Augusta and Fairfield will cease today Thursday September 12th. Fire information as well as changes to trail and area closures will be available on Inciweb and at the Rocky Mountain Ranger District offices in Choteau (466-5342) and Augusta (562-3247).• All forest visitors travelling in the backcountry are urged to use caution and be observant of changes in weather and fire behavior.
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 & area closures have been modified to the fires boundaries and trail #111 effective Friday September 13th. Maps trail and area closures are updated frequently and are available at Inciweb.org. The South Fork of the Teton Road will be closed for repairs just past the Mill Falls campground starting Monday September 9th. The road will reopen for the weekend but will again be closed to all traffic on Monday the 16th until construction is completed. Access via vehicles to and from the trail head will not be possible during construction. ###