Fact Sheet 8/22/13
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; Section 12, T22N, R14W; PMM
Current size: 4584 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 the burn perimeter of the Lewis Fire of 2000. It is being managed to allow the fire to play its natural role within the wilderness.
Yesterday the fire grew to approximately 4584 acres exhibiting moderate fire behavior. The fire has moved down toward the East Side Trail #80 and has crossed the trail in a few places near Damnation and Lewis Creeks. It has also moved onto the flats north of Mud Lake. It has been moving through this previously burned area, burning downed logs and regenerated lodgepole pine saplings. The fire has burned south into the Phil Creek drainage. Areas in upper Damnation Creek saw little activity as the fire behavior has slowed.
Today fire crew members are assessing fire growth and activity along the East Side Trail #80 and the northern perimeter of the fire.
For public safety concerns and with the increased fire activity along the East Side Trail #80, trail users are being redirected by on-the-ground trail personnel, to the West Side Trail #263, until fire conditions change. This rerouting is from Black Cabin area to the Woodfir Creek area. Trail and river contacts are also being made to inform trail and river users of fire activity and conditions.
Resources: 18 Forest Service personnel are stationed in Salmon Forks/Damnation Creek area 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 are 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.