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Progress on Seeley Lake Ranger District Post-Fire Recovery


SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lake Ranger District continues to work on post-fire recovery related projects. Across the District there is over $2.3 million planned in road maintenance and contract work. Approximately 66 culverts are planned to be installed or replaced to protect roadways and ensure public access to National Forest lands.

“Post-fire recovery is a long process. There are over 180 miles of National Forest System Roads and 205 miles of National Forest System trails within the burned area,” said Acting Deputy District Ranger Sara Alberts. “There will be delays or closures associated with this work. We ask that the public have patience. In return, we’ll get this important work done as quickly as possible with as few impacts to travel as we can.” 

New Temporary Closure Order

• Dunham Creek Road #4388 will close July 30th at 12 p.m. and reopen Aug. 3 at 12 p.m. to allow the contractor to repair the road. This will impact recreational access to the Bob Marshall Wilderness on Lodgepole Trail #13 and Dunham Creek Trail #400.

Road Delays

• Dunham Creek Road #4388 will also have delays of up to several hours beginning July 23.

• Cottonwood Lakes Road #477 will continue to have traffic delays to allow for the installation of new culverts near Morrell Mountain. The work causing delays on Kozy Korner Road #9976 was completed July 19.

Partially Open Roads

• Rice Ridge Road #720 continues to be closed between Camp Creek Road #685 and Richmond Ridge Road #667 due to a large washout. Henry Mountain Road #5407 is also closed from milepost 2.5 at the junction with Road #56312 to milepost 4.8 due to a large washout.

• Upper Beaver Finley Road #9974 continues to be closed near Boles meadow due to standing water on the road.

Closed Roads

• #36019 Rd. off of Swamp Creek #4379 is closed at the intersection of Swamp Creek until a new structure can be installed.

Opened Roads

• Morrell Mountain Road #4365 repair is complete and opened Tuesday, July 24.

• Little Shanley Creek #4384 is open, but will likely have short duration closures and delays beginning July 30 for additional construction activities.

• Black Canyon Road #4385 is now open after maintenance was completed.

Roadwork and construction activities impacting travel can change daily. Variable weather, on-site conditions, and the completion of work will continue to change road status. The Seeley Lake Ranger District receives updated information from the contractors and will make that information available to the public as soon as possible.

For the most current information on road status please contact the District office at 406-677-2233.


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