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Containment at Hog Trough Fire grows to 64%

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Hog Trough Fire Map
Posted at 11:28 AM, Aug 12, 2022

HAMILTON - The Hog Trough Fire burning in the Bitterroot National Forest showed no growth on Thursday as containment has grown from 56% to 64%.

The blaze — which is 18 miles southeast of Hamilton — was discovered on July 17 and is burning in rugged and remote terrain.

No structures are currently threatened.

A smaller fire management organization is taking over at the blaze.

Hog Trough Fire Map

Forest Service 75 (Skalkaho-Rye) Road is currently closed from the junction of Skalkaho Highway to near the Skalkaho Creek Trailhead. Forest Service 5071 Road is closed.

There are 253 people assigned to the Hog Trough Fire.

Road Closures:

  • Skalkaho Road (Forest Service road 75) and Forest Service road 711 are both closed at the junction of Skalkaho Highway, including the ancillary roads leading from the 711 Road.
  • Skalkaho Road is open past Mile Marker 5 (Skalkaho Creek-Jerry Lake Trailhead #503).
  • Forest Service roads 5070 and 5071 are closed.

Trail Closures:

  • Railroad Creek, National Forest System Trail #77 to Trail #313 at the gate.
  • Weasel Creek, National Forest System Trail #156 from milepost 0.00 at its junction with NFSR #461.
  • A section of the Bitterroot Rock Creek Divide Trail #313, National Forest System Trail #313 where it intersects Trail #77 Railroad Creek, Weasel Creek Trail #156.
  • Skalkaho Creek – Jerry Lake Trail #503, National Forest System Trail #503

Stage II fire restrictions went into effect Friday morning on all Bitterroot National Forest lands in Montana.