Bear Trap Fire Caused By Fireworks [UPDATE ROAD CLOSED]
Reports today from the Bear Trap fire between Bozeman and Norris, are that this is a human caused fire believed to be from fireworks. The fire has grown to 2,250 acres – and firefighters are having a tough time due to the massive winds and difficult terrain. I have to ask the question, at what point do we STOP fireworks for this season? I know it’s not ideal, but there have been 4 fires started in the last 4 days. What do you think?
[UPDATE 11:51] The Bureau of Land Management has temporarily closed all recreation sites along both sides of the lower Madison Special Recreation Management Area.
Smoke is affecting visibility through the canyon at this time.
Expect reduced speed of 35 mph from the warm Springs fishing access at MP 5.3 to the Black Ford Campground at MP 12.0. This is due to smoke and emergency traffic.
[Update 1:40pm] The fire has jumped the roadway. Norris road is now closed from MP 0.0 at Norris to MP 12.0. Eastbound traffic must remain on US-287 and Westbound traffic needs to detour on 2-288 Churchill Road.
(be sure to click ‘Overlays’ and then ‘Wild Fire Detection’)