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Half-Acre Fire Burning In Rattlesnake Recreation Area

Jul 23, 2019

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported the size of the fire. The fire was actually 0.5 acres when discovered, not 5 acres.

A lightning-caused fire was reported in the Rattlesnake Recreation Area north of Missoula. The Lolo National Forest posted on its Facebook page that the fire was called into the Missoula Interagency Dispatch Center at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The fire is located approximately 4.5 miles up the main Rattlesnake travel corridor (Trail 515), on the south side of Rattlesnake Creek.

According to that post, a hotshot crew responded to the half-acre fire, now named the Beeskove Fire. The crew is receiving helicopter assistance and there are no current structural threats. No trail closures are in place but the Forest Service urges the public to steer clear of the area.

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