MISSOULA — Containment continues to grow on the 429 acres Beeskove Fire that’s burning north of Missoula.
Fire managers report that the lightning-sparked blaze is now 57% contained.
Firefighters continued work on the construction of indirect fire lines to the south and east of the fire on Wednesday.
Additional crews are being released from the fire with the Type 2 Incident Management Team preparing to leave the scene.
The blaze is burning five miles northeast of the main Rattlesnake Trailhead.
The following areas are closed due to Beeskove Fire suppression operations:
- Woody Mountain – Johnson Gulch area is closed to recreational use.
- Sheep Mountain Trailhead is closed, along with access to the trailhead via East Twin Creek Road FS 2117 and Upper Twin Creek Road FS 2119.
- Mineral Peak Lookout is closed as well as access to the lookout via the East Fork Rattlesnake Road FS 2112 and Mineral Peak Lookout Road 2120.
- Upper Twin Creek/Sheep Mountain Spur Trail #505 is closed.T13N, R17W - all The Nature Conservancy lands.
- T14N, R17W – all The Nature Conservancy lands that lie west of the Gold Creek Road #126, north to the junction with West Fork Gold Creek Road #2103, then southwest of the West Fork Gold Creek Road #2103.
- T15N, R17W – all The Nature Conservancy lands that lie southwest of the West Fork Gold Creek Roads #2103 and #4323.