Fact Sheet 8/18/13
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: 1870 acres
Jurisdiction: USDA-FS, Northern Region, Flathead National Forest, Spotted Bear Ranger District
Current Status: The fire is located along the South Fork River corridor near Damnation Creek 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 has burned south through Lewis Creek and has reached the historic Mud Lake Lookout site on Mud Lake Mountain. Yesterday actions were taken to protect the historic lookout cabin. The fire continues to move south along the South Fork River and east into upper Damnation Creek. The fire burned over 500 acres on Saturday.
Today a fire squad is hiking to Mud Lake Lookout to perform further structure protection and will begin wrapping the lookout cabin with fire resistant material. Structure protection at Salmon Forks Cabin and placement of sprinklers on the Big Salmon Creek Bridge continues. Crews are assessing trail structures, such as turnpikes, curb logs, and small trail bridges, along the East Side Trail #80 for future protection from possible spread of the fire across the trail.
Resources: 9 Forest Service personnel are stationed at Salmon Forks Cabin to provide assistance for structure protection at Salmon Forks Cabin and Mud Lake Lookout and monitoring fire conditions. Forest Service staff is making contacts with trail and river parties to assure all parties are kept current with information.
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.