Posted: Aug 23, 2013 1:33 PM by MTN News
The Red Shale Fire burning in the Bob Marshall Wilderness has grown to about 11,283 acres as it burns about 37 miles west of Choteau.
The blaze was first spotted by the Beartop Lookout on July 18th in an area where lightning strikes had been observed the night before.
The fire perimeter remains within the 1988 Gates Park Fire perimeter, predominantly between Red Shale Creek and the South Fork of Lick Creek and west of the North Fork Sun River in the Bob Marshall Wilderness.
The fire is actively backing into the South Fork of Lick Creek on the north end, and has crossed the Sun River at Route and Frazier Creeks.
The blaze is still reducing much of the heavy downed and standing dead timber with pockets of thick, young lodgepole pines regenerating from the 1988 Gates Park Fire.