Bitterroot National Forest

Fire Danger 'High' On Bitterroot National Forest

Jul 21, 2016
Missoula County’s fire danger bumped up a notch Monday from "moderate" to "high."
U.S. Forest Service

Fire danger is back to 'high' on the Bitterroot National Forest. According to forest officials, that means, "fires can start easily from most causes and small fuels (such as grasses and needles) will ignite readily. Unattended campfires and brush fires are likely to escape. Fires will spread easily, with some areas of high-intensity burning on slopes or concentrated fuels. Fires can become serious and difficult to control unless they are put out while they are still small."

Montana Wildfire Roundup For July 11, 2016

Jul 11, 2016
Firefighter watches a tree torch on July 9, 2016.
Observation Fire spreads to Lost Horse area in the Bitterroot.

Wildfire conditions can change in an instant. The Observation Fire burning about 10 miles southwest of Hamilton in the Bitterroot National Forest is a perfect example.

A new road/area closure order was expanded Monday evening to include Lost Creek Horse Road from the junction with Lick Creek Road west to Twin Lakes, Schumaker Campground and Bear Creek Pass trailhead. The closures are for firefighter and public safety.
Bitterroot National Forest

A wildfire burning in Bitterroot National Forest has grown to over 300 acres. Most of the activity on the 322 acre Observation Point Fire is reported on its northwest flank. It’s burning in extremely steep and rugged terrain.

'Field Notes:' Reflections On Knowing A Wild Place

Jun 17, 2016
Allison de Jong

Montana has so much to offer for those who love wild places, and I’ve spent much of my time here exploring all the new spots I can in our lovely state. Yet there are a few places that I find myself returning to again and again. My favorite may be Glen Lakes in the Bitterroots.