The Moose Ridge and Sheep Mountain fires continue to be active. Only small amounts of moisture have been received on the fires over the past week.  Fuels in the area continue to be dry with potential for fire activity with winds predicted this coming weekend.  10-15 personnel continue to be stationed at the Fish and Game cabin near the K Bar L Ranch as well as personnel continuing to patrol between Pretty Prairie and Cabin Creek cabins.

Fortunately, the cooler and shorter days of autumn have helped to moderate fire conditions sufficiently to allow a limited relaxation of fire closures on the southern portion of the Sheep Mtn. Fire while still providing for public safety.  Modifications to the current fire related closures go into effect today and will provide some additional opportunities for trail use, camping and hunting within areas impacted by fire.


Travel from Mortimer Trailhead will continue to only be allowed from midnight through 10:00 am each day.  Groups arriving at trailhead after 10:00 am may be required to wait until the following day to depart.  However travel into Big George from the trailhead will be allowed without restriction.

THE FOLLOWING TRAILS ARE OPEN FOR TIME LIMITED TRAVEL ONLY FROM MIDNIGHT THROUGH NOON DAILY:

  • North Fork Sun River Trail #201 (south of Circle Creek and west of Big George Creek)
  • North Fork Sun Cut Across #272
  • Moose-Furman Trail #261 (from Trail #272 north to junction with Circle Creek Trail #231)
  • Elk Hill Trail #268 (south of Elk Hill)
OPEN AREAS FOR CAMPING AND HUNTING:
  • Big George drainage
  • Patrick’s Basin and Lange Creek and Neal Creek
  • Pretty Prairie area
  • Windfall Creek area
  • Cabin Creek area and north
AREAS CLOSED TO ALL ACCESS AND TRAVEL:
  • Arsenic  Creek drainage
  • Scattering Springs (off trail)
  • Closed fire area west of Sun River

Weather and fire conditions can and will change daily.  Fire related trail and area restrictions are solely for the purpose of public safety and can and will continue to change quickly as fire conditions change.
Anyone planning on traveling through, camping or hunting on the Rocky Mountain Ranger District within the areas affected by fire in the South Fork or North Fork of the Sun River drainages should contact the Rocky Mountain Ranger District office in Choteau at (406) 466-5341 or the Augusta Information Station at (406) 562-3247.  Visitors should observe caution and be alert for the following hazards in recently burned areas:
  • Falling trees and snags, particularly in windy or wet conditions.
  • Rolling rocks or logs from above when traveling below an area that has burned.
  • Occasional smoke or open flame