Fact Sheet 8/19/13
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: 2242 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 continues as a ground fire
consuming downed trees, revegetated trees, and brush. The fire burned actively throughout the night Sunday and has burned east into the upper areas of Damnation and Lewis Creeks. It has spotted to the south into Phil Creek. Areas of concern are along the west flank of the fire as it approaches the East Side Trail #80.
Structure protection has been completed at Mud Lake Lookout, Salmon Forks Cabin and the Big Salmon Creek pack bride. Crews continue to assess 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.
As the fire approaches the East Side Trail #80 and fire activity increases along the trail, on-the-ground trail personnel may redirect trail users to the most appropriate trail routes.
Resources: 9 Forest Service personnel are stationed at Salmon Forks Cabin to support structure protection at the cabin and Mud Lake Lookout, monitor fire conditions, and make contacts with trail and river parties to assure all parties are kept current with fire 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.