Great news on the Bozeman area forest fire front, Here's the latest from the Forest Service:

Crews made considerable progress yesterday on the Lava Lake Fire and were able to completely contain the blaze.  The two trails that were closed because of firefighting efforts re-open today to public use.

 

After yesterday’s containment, firefighting crews were able to hike out and the helicopters were released.   Firefighters will continue monitoring the fire.

 

The Lava Lake Trail (Forest Service Trail #77) and the trail from Table Mountain that drops down to Lava Lake (Forest Service Trail #445) are open to public use today.

Fire Name: Lava Lake Fire

Date Detected:  August 2, 2014                                                       

Cause:  Lightning                                                      

Location:  Spanish Peaks portion of the Lee Metcalf Wilderness, about one mile north of Lava Lake, between Bozeman and Big Sky, Montana, west of Highway 191 near Cascade Creek.

Current Size: 7 acres; 100% contained

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