Miner Paradise Complex: Fire Closures Reduced in Hyalite and Tom Miner Basin on August 29, 2013 Noon

For Immediate Release                                          Contact: Marianne Baumberger, 406-579-3732

Date: August 28, 2013                                                                    Marna Daley 406-587-6703               

Fire Closures Reduced in Hyalite and Tom Miner Basin in the Gallatin National Forest

Bozeman and Gardiner. MT– Closures around the Horsetail Fire in the Hyalite Recreation Area- near Bozeman, MT and the Sheep Fire in Tom Miner Basin-near Gardiner, MT will be shrinking, as of noon on August 29, 2013

Hyalite Recreation Area: In Hyalite the public will be allowed back into the West Fork of Hyalite Creek all the way to Hyalite Peak. This means Chisholm and Hood Creek Campgrounds, Maxey and Window Rock Cabins, as well as the Crescent Lake Trail and Palace Butte Trailhead that leads to Hyalite Peak and Grotto Falls will be open. 

The East Fork of Hyalite Creek will remain closed, including the Palisade Falls Trailhead and Picnic area, Emerald and Heather Lakes Trailhead and Flanders Creek drainage.

Tom Miner Basin: The Tom Miner Basin Road leading up to and including the Tom Miner Campground will be opened. As well as the upper Tom Miner basin that includes trail # 120 from Tom Miner Campground leading to Buffalo Horn Pass as well as the Sunlight Creek Trail # 291 will be opened. The Divide Creek Road #3250 will also be opened.  An area around the Sheep Fire from Sheep Creek to the west and Grizzly Creek to the east and the Forest Boundary to the north and Yellowstone National Park boundary to the south will remain closed. This includes Horse Creek Trail #297 that leads to Shooting Star Lake.

The Gallatin National Forest would like to remind the public that Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are still in effect across the entire forest. Visitors are reminded campfires and charcoal fires are only allowed at Forest Service selected recreation sites. All other fires not in the selected sites, even those within rock fire rings and in wood-burning stoves in canvas wall tents are prohibited are not allowed. A list of designated Forest Service sites that allow fires is located at www.firerestrictions.us. Additionally, under Stage I Fire Restrictions, smoking is allowed only within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is cleared of all flammable materials.

It is important for all of us to stay vigilant about fire safety. Additional information can be found by visiting www.firerestrictions.us, www.fs.usda.gov/gallatin, www.fs.usda.gov/custer or by calling your local ranger district office.

Gallatin National Forest Ranger Districts                          Custer National Forest Ranger Districts

Big Timber:  406-932-5155                                                    Ashland:  406-784-2344

Gardiner:  406-848-7375                                                        Beartooth:  406-446-2103

Yellowstone:  406-222-1892                                                  Sioux:  605-797-4432

Bozeman:  406-522-2520

Hebgen Lake:  406-823-6961

– FS –

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