Fire Closures Reduced in Hyalite and Tom Miner Basin in the Gallatin National Forest
Closures around the Horsetail Fire in the Hyalite Recreation Area- near Bozeman, MT and the Sheep Fire in Tom Miner Basin-near Gardiner, MT have been reduced, as of noon today, 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
8-29 Afternoon Fire Update
Thursday afternoon, thunderstorms brought precipitation over all the fires in the complex.
Emigrant Fire- Crews are making good progress on all divisions of the fire. Crews are continuing to construct direct handline where needed, and mop up on the fires edges.
Sheep Fire- Crews continue mopping up the fires edge along Horse Creek. No Name Bowl on the northwest corner of the fire is being patrolled. Fireline rehabilitation is continuing.
Horsetail Fire- Fire crews are monitoring fire spread in Flanders Creek and contingency lines to the north along Flanders Creek and East Fork of Hyalite Creeks. are complete.
North Eightmile Fire- This fire is currently being monitored by aircraft and fire personnel observed very little fire activity.