Fire devastates Meadow Creek Trailhead.
On August 20th 2015 a raging forest fire engulfed the Meadow Creek trailhead in northwest Montana affecting 5 outfitting businesses, Salmon Forks was one of them. It jumped the South Fork River and grew from 465 to 17,755 acres in just a few hours Thursday afternoon August 20th
The fire’s rampage torched vehicles, sheds and trailers at the Meadow Creek Trailhead, although livestock were rescued from the fire area.
Eight miles and eight hours later, 17,000 acres of forest were black, 10 outfitter employees and 70 head of stock were evacuated and the Bear Creek fire was the largest in Montana.
“We were seeing flame lengths 80 to 100 feet tall, because they were at the tops of the trees,” said Al Koss, a fire information officer who witnessed the blowup, calling it an unprecedented fire run for the Spotted Bear area, both exciting and frightening to watch.
Our camp at Salmon Forks in the Bob is not threatened, but the access to it is now closed for a long period of time. Trail repair and cleanup has started but it will take some time.
All of us at Salmon Forks are safe as is all of our livestock, we did lose a lot of equipment, and several trailers along with personal gear.
We will get through this and be back next year!
We ask that you all please be patient and we will do our best to get everybody that had to cancel rescheduled for next year.
We will be in touch later when we can get things in order.
Thank you very much.
Mark, Janis, Marlene and the SFO crew.
Thanks to everybody for their support and prayers during this very hard time.
Mark, Janis, Marlene, Brady, Jay, Christy