Observation Fire 90% Contained – Helicopters Leaving
The Type One Northern Region Incident Management team is handing the Observation forest fire back to the Bitterroot National Forest. The fire is 90 percent contained and the recent rain storm brought snow and cooler temperatures to the higher mountains.
The air support was taken off the firelines Monday and Doug Turman's last team update said 269 people were on the fire, which started from a lightning strike June 24 and spread north of Lost Horse Canyon.
Crews will be monitoring the west side of the fire through the rest of the fire season. The few hot spots there have been in inaccessible rocky areas of the mountain.
Mop-up is the order of the day at the Observation forest fire.
As of Monday morning, Lost Horse and Lick Creek Roads were still closed.
A reminder - even with the heavy rainfall, the fire danger on the Bitterroot National Forest is high.