Goldstone Forest Fire Closes Continental Divide Trail
Fire season is still active in the area, with the 9,000 acre Goldstone Fire about 26% contained. The forest fire is burning on the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest in Montana and the Salmon-Challis National Forest in Idaho. The fire crosses over the popular Continental Divide Trail, which has been closed from the junction with Goldstone Pass Road #7327 to just north of West Terrell Creek. Kitty Creek camping areas and Goldstone Pass Road are closed, along with lands east of the Continental Divide Trail, but the Bloody Dick Road and Bloody Dick Cabin are now open. Even though many roads have reopened, forest users need to be cautious of firefighting equipment moving through the area.
The fire has burned about 8,000 acres on the Montana side and 1,500 acres on the Idaho side. Fuel breaks on the north and south flanks were completed earlier this week. Smoke is visible for long distances, according to Leona Rodreick of the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest. The fire is about 18 miles south of Jackson, Montana. Lightning started the fire August 2nd. Elsewhere on the Beaverhead_Deerlodge National forest, Rodreick reported the 2,000 acre Beaver Creek fire is about 35% contained.