Kalispell, MT- August 14, 2019– Over the weekend a severe thunderstorm caused a road washout on Meadow Creek Road 2826 between Larch Creek and Cedar Creek on the Spotted Bear District of the Flathead National Forest. The emergency road closure is between the Chipmunk Trailhead Road 2829 on the south and Larch Creek on the north. The road will be open to the public until midnight Sunday August 18th to remove stock, materials and supplies. Road work is expected to start Monday August 19th and may take two weeks to complete.
For more information visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/flathead/alerts-notices
The Flathead National Forest has also updated the Snow Creek Fire Area Closure. The following areas are under closure orders to protect the public from potential harm from wildfires and firefighting operations associated with the existing and potential fire hazards on the Spotted Bear Ranger District; all lands contained within the following perimeter are to be avoided: starting at the junction of trail #107 and #105, on Picture Ridge, follow a line south to Garnet Peak. From Garnet Peak follow a line east to Mud Lake Mtn. and then northeast to the junction of trail #112 and trail #100. From this junction, follow a straight line to the junction of trail #220 and #701, then west to the junction of trail #263B and trail #263. From this junction, follow a straight line west to the junction of trail #107 and trail #105.
Travel on the main East side trail #80 will be allowed. Delays or temporary closures of the trail may occur due to increased fire activity. No overnight camping will be allowed off of trail #80, inside the closure area. Travel on the South Fork of the Flathead River will not be allowed inside the closure area.
For more information visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6497/ or contact the Spotted Bear Ranger Station at 406-758-5376.