By Andi Bourne

Untold Stories of the Jocko Lakes Fire

Part 4 of 4 - 10 Years Remembered


August 24, 2017

Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder

The Jocko Lakes Fire burned right up to homes in the Placid Lake area. Dead trees called snags still stand 10 years later and the understory of lodgepole pine, in some areas, is too thick to walk through. Photo taken July 17, 2017

SEELEY LAKE – It's been 10 years since the Jocko Lakes Fire threatened Seeley Lake. With the help of rehabilitation efforts following the fire, the landscape has gone from black destruction to green rebirth. Now agencies and landowners have turned their focus to preventing the next fire.

At the end of the Jocko Lakes Fire, there were more than 100 miles of dozer lines to be rehabbed.

Scott Tomson and Shane Hendrickson, the two resource specialists assigned from the Lolo National Forest, worked with various agencies on the rehabilitation. Tomson said they tried to keep dozer lines to a mi...

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