Downing Mountain Fire 9-3-2012

The Sawtooth Fire at the Summit of Downing Mountain has burned 310 acres mostly on the upper slopes of the main avalanche path descending from the peak to theĀ  creek on the the south face. Having skied there before, I can attest to its remoteness and generally difficult accessibility. This fire presents no current danger to the lodge as it is 3 miles distant and on the summit. The skiing should be improved on this aspect as there was a fair bit of timber in the upper reaches of this avalanche area. The lower run is altogether open traveling through a gully, passed beautiful rocky gendarmes. I doubt that the fire will burn much in an easterly direction without significant fire weather which is not predicted.

About JohnLehrman

I graduated from UM in 1995 with a degree in Wildlife Biology and a minor degree in Wilderness studies. After years of chasing data and wildlife, I settled into a job as trip leader and a director of Keewaydin Wilderness camp a canoe trips program in Northern Ontario. My wife, Jenny, and I started operating the Downing Mountain Lodge in 2008-2009 and purchased the facility and 60 acres in July, 2012. Operating as the premier Montana backcountry ski lodge in the winter and a holiday retreat the rest of the year, the Downing Mountain Lodge is located west of Hamilton Montana in the Bitterroot Range of the Rocky Mountains. With incredible skiing in the winter and exceptionally private but accessible lodging year round, the Downing Mountain Lodge, built in 1976, is the iconic mountain lodge in the Bitterroot Valley, available to the public for enjoyment and pleasurable stays.
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