The East Fork of Hyalite Canyon was closed on August 18th, and now the entire canyon is closed above the reservoir due to two fires threatening our water supplies from the east.
Gate will be closed August 21, 2013 at East side of Hyalite Dam. Closed areas include:
- Palisades, Emerald Lake and Flanders Creek trailheads
- Chisholm & Hood Creek campgrounds
- Window Rock and Maxie cabins
Blackmore Day Use Area will remain open.
8/19/13 Fire Plume from Hyalite Reservoir
The Horsetail Falls fire was triggered by lightening near the ridge east of the Emerald Lake trail. It has dropped down to Flanders Creek in the drainage between the Emerald Lake and Hyalite Lake drainages. This is steep and rugged terrain with no major trails so firefighters don’t have much to work with. They are hoping the fire heads south and dies out as it approaches the rocky ridges; if it heads north towards Palisade Falls, it poses a greater risk of contaminating our water supplies.
The North Eightmile Creek fire is in a series of fingertip-shaped ridges east of Palisade Mountain and 4 miles south of Mystic Lake. Fortunately, firefighters have been able to prevent it from dipping down to the west and north and it is running into the 2001 Fridley Fire burn scar to the east, which is helping greatly to keep this fire manageable.
For up-to-date information about the fires, go to www.inciweb.org.
Bozeman gets about 80% of its water supply from Mystic Lake/Bozeman Creek and Hyalite Reservoir. A major fire in these drainages could clog our water treatment plants.
Let’s give the firefighters the room they need and stay out of harm’s way.