Posted: Jul 22, 2013 8:11 AM by MTN News
MISSOULA - The Gold Creek Fire, burning about 16 miles northeast of Missoula, remains at about 170 acres, but containment has grown to 40%.
More than 240 people are assigned to battle the blaze, including several helicopters and man ground crews with fire camps set up along Montana Highway 200 in the Potomac area.
Firefighters worked Sunday to wrap around the northern perimeter while crews saw increased fire behavior as crews pushed eastward toward the edge of the fire.
Fire managers caution that more active fire behavior is predicted due to the warm and dry weather that's in the forecast for Monday. Crews along the fire's western edge and wrapping around the southeastern flank
The Gold Creek and West Fork Gold Creek trailheads are closed. The area closure extends to all areas west of Gold Creek Road, north of Trail #52 (Primm Lake Trail) and east of the Main Rattlesnake Recreation Corridor. Trail #504 (Porcupine Ridge Trail) is closed.
Forest Road #126 will remain closed at Cow Creek Gate, the West Fork of Gold Creek Trailhead at the junction of Rd #4323 and Rd #2103 is currently closed.
The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation and the Lolo National Forest are working to battle the blaze.
(photo courtesy inicweb.org)