Reef Fire

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Reef Fire
2017 08 29-
The Reef Fire on August 28, 2017
LocationBob Marshall Wilderness, Montana, United States
Coordinates47°20′53″N 113°24′07″W / 47.348°N 113.402°W / 47.348; -113.402Coordinates: 47°20′53″N 113°24′07″W / 47.348°N 113.402°W / 47.348; -113.402
Date(s)August 13, 2017 (2017-08-13) ()
Burned area10,658 acres (43 km2)
Reef Fire is located in Montana
Reef Fire
Location of fire in Montana.

The Reef Fire is a wildfire currently burning in the Bob Marshall Wilderness in Montana in the United States, near Count Peak. The fire, which was reported on August 13, 2017, has burned a total of 10,658 acres (43 km2) thus far and expected to be contained by October 1, 2017. The fire was started by a lightning strike.


The Reef Fire was reported on August 13, 2017 at 5:45 PM. The fire, which has thus far burned 10,424 acres (42 km2),[2] is located near Count Peak in the Bob Marshall Wilderness in the Flathead National Forest. The fire is being fueled by timber and sub-alpine fir. On September 3, the fire had crossed and moved downstream Babcock Creek, Youngs Creek and settled in Otter Creek. The fire is currently being monitored and is being allowed to take its natural course due to concerns for firefighter safety given the rural location of the fire.[1]

As of September 5, the fire had merged with the nearby Rice Ridge Fire.[2]

Closures and evacuations[edit]

Numerous trails and trailheads are closed due to the Reef Fire, specifically: Cardinal Peak Divide # 136, Cabin Creek #205, Pilot Peak #128, Cardinal Creek #506, Young’s Creek #141, Hahn Creek #125, Hahn Creek Cut-across #124, Otter Creek #279 and Blackfoot Divide #278 are closed due to fire behavior.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Reef Fire". Reef Fire. U.S. Forest Service. Retrieved 5 September 2017.
  2. ^ a b c Gabbert, Author Bill. "Rice Ridge Fire merges with Reef Fire". Wildfire Today. Retrieved 5 September 2017.
  3. ^ "9-6-17 Trail Closure due to Reef Fire, Order# D04-153-S-17". InciWeb. Helena - Lewis and Clark National Forest, U.S. Forest Service. Retrieved 16 September 2017.

External links[edit]

  • Media related to Reef Fire at Wikimedia Commons