Fires force closures, create hazy skies


The Rattlesnake Fire is a human-caused incident, located 10 miles northeast of the town of Hot Springs, on the Flathead Indian Reservation. It is burning in grass and timber along a steep west facing slope. The fire is being managed by a local Type 3 Incident Management Team. There are

160 personnel assigned to the incident.

Activity yesterday- Minimal fire behavior observed. Conditions were hotter and dryer over the past few days. Fire activity was mainly in the interior pockets of the fire. Firefighters continued mop-up operations on Division A (Alpha) and Z (Zulu) with concentrated resource efforts on the southwest perimeter.

Today- Crews will look to improve and secure fire lines. Mop-up operations in both divisions will continue today. Three hand crews, Air attack, 2 helicopters, 4 S.E.A.T.’s, 3 dozers, 6 skidgens, 6 type six engines, and 6 water tenders are available to the fire.

Road closures- The following roads are closed until further notice. The Rattlesnake Gulch Rd, Sullivan 3000 Rd, Deep Draw 4000 Rd, Irvine(Elmo) 1000 Rd, and the Irvine(Windy Gap) 1000 Rd.

Today’s weather- Today will be the warmest and driest day of the week with a cold front Saturday morning causing temperatures to be about 10 degrees cooler everywhere except southwest Montana. Saturday will be breezy with a slight chance of showers in the morning for central Idaho and northwest Montana.Today- Partly cloudy. Patchy smoke. Temp- 85-90 valleys and 70-75 ridges Humidity- 18-28% Winds- West up to 5mph increasing to 10-15mph late in the afternoon. The fire is 1,374 acres and 69%contained. Estimated Containment: 9/10/18

If you have questions or concerns regarding this notice, please contact Division of Fire at 676-2550 or contact C.T. Camel, Prevention Specialist, at 406-676-2550 ext. 6407 or email:


Pursuant to Title 36 Code of Federal Regulation 261.50 (b), the following restriction is in effect on the Spotted Bear Ranger District on the Flathead National Forest, Flathead County, Montana. This temporary restriction is in addition to those enumerated in Subpart A, Part 261, Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations. These restrictions become effective when signed and will remain in effect until rescinded.


The Juliet Fire was detected on August 22nd, 2018 and is burning in the upper White River within the Bob Marshall Wilderness. The Juliet Fire remained active throughout the afternoon of Sept. 7. The spot fires burning in the upper end of the Wall Creek drainage and in the saddle of the ridge separating it from the Hoop Creek drainage were the most active, exhibiting single and group tree torching throughout most of the burn period; it has now completely established in the headwaters. The previous spot fire that had established in the headwaters of Juliet Creek is slowly creeping towards My Lake. On September 4th, the fire was observed to be moving in an organized front to the northeast; Spots previously detected in the Hoop Creek drainage continue to grow slowly. Meanwhile, the fire continues to burn further up Larch Hill on the southern flank and up Pedro Creek to the northwest of the Wall Creek Cliffs. Single tree torching and flanking was observed on Larch Hill. The extended forecast for the area calls for hot and dry weather over the next several days, creating the potential for increased fire behavior. Trail closures remain in place, including the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail (CDT). The Moose Fire to the east of the divide has also resulted in closures on the CDT. We will continue to monitor the fire with aerial resources.

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