Fact Sheet 8/17/13
Incident: Damnation Wildfire
Detected: August 11, 2013
Location: Approximately 21 miles southeast of Swan Lake, MT
Legal Description: Lat. 47° 40.30, Long. 113°19.59
Current size: 1375 acres
Jurisdiction: USDA-FS, Northern Region, Flathead National Forest, Spotted Bear Ranger District
Current Status: The fire is located in Damnation and Lewis Creeks within the Bob Marshall Wilderness. The fire is burning in areas of the 2000 burn scar of the Lewis Fire. It is being managed to allow the fire to play its natural role within the wilderness. The fire is burning mostly on the ground and is consuming downed trees, revegetated trees, and brush. The fire moved quickly from its start of ¼ acre to 150 acres the first afternoon. With yesterday’s hot and dry conditions, the fire burned actively throughout the evening and grew to 1375 acres by Saturday morning. The increased activity prompted structure protection at Salmon Forks cabin. Structure protection is also occurring for Mud Lake Lookout.
Resources: 5 Forest Service personnel are stationed at Salmon Forks cabin to provide assistance for structure protection, monitoring fire conditions, and provide information to the public traveling in the area.
Closures: Helen Creek Trail #100, Trail in the Mist Trail #220, Hodag Creek Trail #701, and the Mud Lake Lookout Trail #470 is closed for public safety. Although other trails around the fire are open, caution is advised as fire conditions can change quickly. Smoke is to be expected when traveling in this area. Forest Service staff is making contacts with trail and river parties to assure all parties are kept current with information.