Important Update – Wildland Fire Reported

Update – Aug 27, 2013 10:00 am – MTDOT & Custer Nat’l Forest

U.S. Highway 212 is open to all traffic with 35 mph speed limit through the fire area. Travelers are encouraged to move through the fire area at the posted speed limit without stopping or fire watching!

 

Update – Aug 23, 2013 10:00 am – MTDOT & Custer Nat’l Forest

U.S. Highway 212 is open to all traffic with 35 mph speed limit through the fire area. Travelers are encouraged to move through the fire area at the posted speed limit without stopping or fire watching!

Update – Aug 22, 2013 2:00 pm – MTDOT & Custer Nat’l Forest

Please be advised that US 212 South of Red Lodge is OPEN both directions to include Beartooth Pass.  BE ADVISED THERE IS A REDUCED SPEED LIMIT ZONE BETWEEN MM 62 TO MM 65, THRU THE FIRE ZONE. Use extreme caution thru the wildfire area between Red Lodge and the beginning of the Beartooth Pass. Notification will be given if any further changes occur as far as the status of US 212 South of Red Lodge and the Beartooth Pass.

Update – Aug 22, 2013 6:30 am – MTDOT & Custer Nat’l Forest

Update – Aug 22, 2013 6:30 am – MTDOT & Custer Nat’l Forest

U.S. Highway 212 remains closed 3 miles south of Red Lodge, MT, with all but local traffic being re-routed onto MT 308 to Belfry, MT.  The highway is closed in Wyoming at the Long Lake gate near the bottom of Beartooth Pass.  The highway closure will be evaluated today (8/22/13) and will be re-opened as soon as possible.

Please use the following resources for updated information and re-opening announcements:

http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3692/

Cooke City Chamber of Commerce | Red Lodge Area Chamber of Commerce | Cody Country Chamber of Commerce

Update – Aug 21, 2013 6:30 am – MTDOT & Custer Nat’l Forest

The Beartooth Highway remains closed at this time due to a wildfire located along the highway approximation 5 miles south of Red Lodge, Montana.  It is expected the Highway will be closed for the remainder of today as crews continue  burn out operations that are underway along the east side of the fire to remove unburned fuel between the fire’s edge and U.S. Highway 212.  Updated information will be posted as quickly as possible.  Additional information can be found on the InciWeb site at:

http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3692/

Closures and Alternate Route Information

Closure gates are in place on the Beartooth Highway just south of Red Lodge, Montana and in Wyoming at Long Lake.  With the high elevations of the Beartooth Highway and Beartooth Pass closed travelers will need to use the Chief Joseph Scenic Byway as an alternate route to move between Red Lodge and Cooke City, Montana and to access the Northeast Entrance to Yellowstone National Park.

Alternate Route Interactive Map

Along the Western end of the Beartooth Highway

Visitors will still be able to access the first 12 miles of the Beartooth Highway between the intersection of the Beartooth Highway – US 212 and the Chief Joseph Scenic Byway – WY 296 up to the closure gate at Long Lake then will have to backtrack to WY 296 to continue travel.  Beartooth Lake, and the Beartooth Lake and Island Lake campgrounds are open and accessible.

 

Update – Aug 20, 2013 7:35 pm – MTDOT

Update on the status of the fire on US 212, South of Red Lodge:

The Beartooth Pass between Chief Joseph Highway and Red Lodge is now CLOSED due to the proximity of the Wildfire. US 212 is closed at WYO 296 also known as Chief Joseph Highway.

Traffic there is being redirected back to Cooke City or down WY296. Southbound lane on US 212 continues to be CLOSED at MM65.2 (South of Red Lodge appx. 4 miles.)

Updates will be issued as they occur.

Additional information:  http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3692/

Update – Aug 20, 2013 4:13 pm – MTDOT

Highway 212>> 4-5 miles South of Red Lodge a Forest Fire is occurring. It is affecting the SOUTHBOUND TRAFFIC coming out of Red Lodge. No traffic (not even local) is being allowed on 212 after MM 65.2 (Point of the Rocks) for SOUTHBOUND TRAFFIC ONLY. (Red Lodge is MM69.)

NORTHBOUND TRAFFIC coming off of the Beartooths and/or heading North to Red Lodge is continuing to be allowed to go thru at this time.

Updates will be provided as they occur.

Posted Aug 20, 2013 2:24 pm

A wildland fire has been reported along the Beartooth Highway and traffic traveling south from Red Lodge, Montana is currently being restricted to local area traffic only.  Multiple agencies are responding to the fast moving wildfire located 5 miles south of Red Lodge at this time.  Latest updates indicate that traffic moving from Cooke City to Red Lodge – traveling west to east along the Highway – is still being allowed.   For travelers headed to Cooke City, Montana via the Beartooth Highway – the Chief Joseph Scenic Byway is open and is a viable alternate route.  Updates will be posted as quickly as possible.

Additional information is being posted here:

https://www.facebook.com/redlodgefire

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Carbon-County-Sheriffs-Office

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Did You Know?

Fishing Beartooth Highway

The cutthroat is the only true western native trout. Originally wide spread throughout the state, it is now relegated to the higher, cooler, more inaccessible back country lakes and streams. Cutthroats are easily identified by the bright red “cut” on the lower jaw.

 

Beartooth Highway Wyoming & Montana

Whirlpools often form when water rushes through a rough channel.  Water glancing off rocks starts spinning as it is hit by other water rushing by.  Any material caught up in the whirlpool will spin with the water.  In time, spinning sand, pebbles and grave may carve potholes, like the ones seen in the rocks above the bridge.  During the construction of Lake Creek bridge, boulders were removed from the creek’s bed the water channel was changed exposing the potholes.  Watch for them when you visit Lake Creek Falls.