Wilderness Fires Prompt Trail Closures

Release Date: Sep 2, 2017

Kalispell, MT-September 2, 2017 – Seven fires are currently burning in the Spotted Bear Ranger District on the Flathead National Forest and with active fire growth on several of the fires, district officials have closed trails for public safety. The fires are burning in the Bob Marshall and Great Bear Wilderness Areas. Significant stretches of the Continental Divide Trail (CDT) are affected by the fires and trail closures.

Individual fires are listed below with a link to more specific fire and trail closure information:

There are several trail closures on the Lewis and Clark National Forest, Rocky Mountain Ranger District also associated with the Scalp Fire, and the Crucifixion Fire in the Badger-Two Medicine area (https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5528/).

For a map of all the trail closures within the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex, click here (pdf).

Visitors planning to travel along the CDT, contact the Spotted Bear Ranger District for information on alternative travel routes

"Safety for the public is my main concern when closing trails, however there are many areas still open for backcountry use and camping" says Spotted Bear detailed District Ranger Gordon Ash.

Contact the Spotted Bear Ranger District at (406) 758-5376 for current fire information and opportunities for backcountry use.