Seeley Swan Pathfinder -

Monahan Fire Starts North of Ovando


OVANDO - The Monahan Fire was reported at approximately 5:30 p.m. Sunday, July 16 on Monahan Mountain. Trails #402 and #27 near Limestone Pass were closed Monday for public and firefighter safety.

The fire is approximately 17 miles north of Ovando and is visible from Highway 200. This backcountry fire is located up the East Fork of Monture Creek between Limestone Pass and Monahan Mountain near the Bob Marshall Wilderness. The area is moderately timbered/rocky steep slopes with mostly south/southeast aspect.

The fire is burning in primarily subalpine fir and a timber/grass understory. On Monday the fire behavior was active with group torching, single tree torching and spotting.

This fire is at high elevation and bordered by several old fire scars with no structures or property threatened. It is being managed by the Seeley Lake Ranger District.

Forest Supervisor Tim Garcia closed Trail #402-Limestone Pass, Intersection of Monture/Hahn Trail # 27 and Trail # 402 to Limestone Pass Monday, July 17. The public is asked to avoid the fire area and respect the trail closure.

For more information call the Seeley Lake Ranger District, 406-677-2233. Significant fire activity will be posted on the Seeley Swan Pathfinder’s Facebook page.


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